Yakuza Kiwami 2, Sega’s remake of their 2006 title Yakuza 2, is soon to come out in the west on August 28. While it’s been available to Japanese players since last year, we’ll be able to play it for the first time with the demo of the game on the PlayStation store.
Once again playing as Kiryu, it’s time to travel Sotenbori in Osaka, in order to settle a dispute between the Toji Clan and the Omi Alliance that threatens to turn deadly. The original 2006 title has been masterfully recreated using the Dragon Engine: the same one used to make Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. The demo allows you to explore the Osakan city of Sotenbori, assisting locals with their various problems and roughing up thugs. Go sing some karaoke, or hit up the numerous bars and restaurants. Be sure to take your time, as you won’t be able to progress into the main story.
A SteelBook is available as a snazzy preorder bonus for physical copies of the game, featuring Kiryu and his rival Ryuji Goda. And if you’re planning on preordering the digital version, you’ll receive an exclusive Yakuza Kiwami 2 Dragons theme. A special digital edition is also available, containing the demonfire blade, one million yen, a comedian costume for Kiryu, bonus cards for the “Clan Creator” mini-game and the Ono-Michiyo hostess.
The Yakuza franchise has been a staple of Sega since the PlayStation 2 era. If you’re interested on our opinion of the latest Yakuza games, you can always check out our review of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.