SEGA has confirmed a release date of May 9 for Yakuza Kiwami 2. It’s a move that likely won’t come as much of a surprise: both its predecessors, Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami, are already available on the platform.
For those unfamiliar with the series, Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a remake of the original Yakuza 2, which debuted on the PS2 way back in 2006 for Japanese players, before heading west in 2008. Kiwami 2 is a complete remake of the original, made using the Dragon Engine that allowed Yakuza 6 and the first Kiwami title to look so stunning.
The series is generally very well-received, and it has been carving out a bigger name for itself in recent years with a strong showing on current-gen platforms. Never shying away from difficult subjects and absurd scenarios alike, Yakuza has built a solid reputation for itself through over-the-top combat and its very Japanese stylings.
If you started the series with its more recent outings, you’ll likely have an inkling as to what Kiwami 2 has in store for you: series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, despite maintaining that he just wants a quiet life, is once again unable to prevent himself being drawn into another clan conflict in the franchise’s recurring Kamurocho district (a fictional recreation of Japan’s Kabukicho area).
This PC release includes many of what Sega call “enthusiast features”: 4K resolution, unlocked framerates, customizable controls and “robust graphics options”. Pre-ordering the game will nab you some exclusive goodies for the Clan Creator minigame, an amusing little distraction that originally appeared in Yakuza 6.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 is priced at £24.99.