Three entries from everyone’s favorite series exploring the seedy underbelly of Japanese criminality are being remastered for PS4. Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 are marked for the facelift, though the release will be limited to Japan only for the time being. SEGA may have plans to ship out international versions further down the line, but we have yet to see an official announcement for the remasters, let alone information about future plans.
The news was discovered in a post advertising the June issue of Japanese weekly gaming publication Famitsu that features an article previewing the revamped Yakuza 3. All three remasters will offer full 1080p HD game play and will run at 60 frames per second. No new content or fixes are planned currently, so don’t expect the niggling issues from the original PS3 versions to be remedied.
The first remaster, Yakuza 3, is set for release on August 9th, while Yakuza 4 should see the light of day before the end of this year. Yakuza 5 is scheduled for an early 2019 release. These upcoming releases follow in the footsteps of the Yakuza 1 remaster, stylized as Yakuza Kiwami, which is already available for PS4, and Yakuza 2, now Yakuza Kiwami 2, which is releasing later this year internationally. Combined with PS4 only Yakuza 0 and Yakuza 6, The Song of Life, the whole Yakuza cannon will soon be available on PS4.
The Yakuza series follows the adventures of a falsely-convicted Yakuza, Kazuma Kiryu, as he navigates the rugged streets of the fictional Kamurocho area, based on the Kabukicho red-light district of Tokyo. The original entry in the franchise was released way back in 2005 and paved the way for a 13-year run of commercially successful and critically acclaimed releases.