Sega has announced that Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is slated to arrive in the west on March 20, 2018. The PlayStation 4 exclusive will retail for $59.99/CA$79.99 in North America, £49.99 in the United Kingdom, €59.99 throughout the remainder of Europe, and for A$89.99 in Australia. It’s a multi-national sort of affair.
As the star of the series since its first installment (though the games like to give multiple leads their own sprawling segments), Kazuma Kiryu will once again assume the lead role. Yakuza 5 ended with him in a tight spot indeed, so hopefully the next chapter will conclude with everyone finally finding some of the peace Kiryu has so long pursued.
“In Yakuza 6, Kiry will find out exactly how much people are willing to sacrifice for family – be those ties through blood or bond – when he investigates a series of shadowy events that involve the ones he holds closest to his heart,” says the press release. “He’ll journey to familiar grounds in Kamurocho and the new setting of Onomichi, a beautiful, sleepy port town in Hiroshima Prefecture, in order to find the answers he seeks.”
Yakuza 6 employs the new Dragon Engine to present the “ultimate iteration” of the blend of violence, combat, vices and “distractions” for which the series is known. Visits to the popular hostess clubs and arcades are implied.
If you have been following the Yakuza series since its first North American release on PlayStation 2 in 2006, you might be interested in picking up the announced “After Hours Premium Edition,” which includes a hardcover art book, two bar glasses (with 280ml capacity), two ice stones, two coasters with Tojo Clan branding, plus an outer box in which to store it all. The pricing for that deluxe edition is $89.99/CA$119.99/£79.99/€89.99/A$129.99 in the regions noted above.
Even if you’re not ready to pay that premium, you can preorder the standard version to snag a launch edition that includes a hardcover art book you can also use to hold the game disc. After treating one of its finest properties roughly for years (the exceptional Yakuza 5 didn’t even make it west except as a download), Sega is finally ready to put Kiryu and his family in the spotlight. Are you planning to come on board for the final chapter?