Yakuza 6: The Song of Life demo almost gave the game away for free

Posted on February 28, 2018

Earlier today, the demo for the highly anticipated Yakuza 6: The Song of Life was available on the PlayStation store, only to be pulled mere hours later due to the demo being used to unlock the full game.

Late 80’s and early 90’s PC gamers may remember the scourge that was shareware, and the joy that was sending in your money, receiving a key, and unlocking your shareware game to its full, already on disk glory. It seems the team at Sega may have been feeling a bit nostalgic and left the whole game in for the demo of Yazuka 6: The Song of Life when it released. The full game wasn’t suppose to be accessible although some enterprising individuals found their way in. The curious absence from the PS Store after release was explained by the devs:

Hopefully the demo is back up soon, especially considering how few demos are offered these days. This is a practice that definitely doesn’t need any more hurdles.

Within the game you will find out just how much people are willing to sacrifice for family as Kiryu investigates a series of shadowy events that involve those he holds close to his heart. His journey will take him to Kamurocho, familiar ground in the new setting of Onomichi, a sleepy yet beautiful port town in the Hiroshima.  If you are somewhat of a selfie connoisseur, the hashtag #KiryuSelfie is available to show off the new selfie feature in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.

When it’s back, the demo will be available here with the full game due to be released on April 17th on PS4.