The Yakuza Remastered Collection Kicks Off in the West with Yakuza 3

Yakuza 4 and 5 remasters to follow in October and February



Sega dropped a surprise announcement and release today with the gamescom 2019 reveal of The Yakuza Remastered Collection, which is available in the west NOW… kind of. Sega is trickling out the releases of Yakuza 3, 4, and 5, and Yakuza 3 is now available to purchase digitally. 


Yakuza 4 will follow on October 29, and Yakuza 5 closes it all out on February 11, 2020. If you purchase The Yakuza Remastered Collection digitally, all the games will unlock on their respective dates. Those who choose to hold out for a physical release will want to keep their eyes out for the limited run of the Day One Edition, which launches on February 11, 2020. 



Here's a breakdown of what's new, from Sega's press release:


The Yakuza Remastered Collection is far from a typical console generation port. In addition to graphical and performance upgrades (720p>1080p at 30>60fps), all three games have gone through a rigorous re-localization process. The English scripts for each game have been reviewed, revised, and even rewritten in some cases, and content previously cut from the Western releases of Yakuza 3, 4, and 5have been re-added in The Yakuza Remastered Collection.


In Yakuza 3, this means the Mahjong, Shogi, Massage Parlor, and ever-popular Cabaret minigames, as well as a collection of Substories cut from the original release, are now available in the West for the first time!


Several quality-of-life changes have also been added for each release in the collection, including a Substory tracker on the map and the ability to toggle between English and Japanese written lyrics during Karaoke.


If you need to catch up before diving into Yakuza 3, the North American PS Store has a Yakuza Origins Digital Bundle—including Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2—available for $49.99.




Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox. 

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