Sega has released a new trailer for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life during this year’s E3. It explains the plot of the new game in a few short sentences, but sadly, doesn’t reveal the western release date. It does get the blood pumping, in that particular way that Yakuza games always did. It’s well worth a watch, even though you probably won’t learn much from it.
The trailer opens with a phone call in which Kazuma finds out Haruka is in a coma. We see her in a hospital bed, and learn her condition is critical. She’s been hit by a car in Kamurocho. Kazuma races to the hospital, only to find out Haruka has a baby. He instantly inquires about the child’s father, and decides to kidnap and protect him. Together they travel to the port town of Onomichi in Hiroshima prefecture, to try to find out the truth behind these events.
Although the game has already been released in Japan in December last year, fans are still patiently waiting for the worldwide release. It’s taking suspiciously long, especially since it seems like they’ll keep the original Japanese voice acting. They’ve only mentioned a loose “early 2018” release window, which is more than a full year after the initial launch.
If it’s any consolation, the game got overwhelmingly positive reviews in Japan, so it might be well worth the wait. The inexcusably long, painful wait. In the meantime, you can give Yakuza Kiwami a go – it’s a remake of the first game, and it’s coming out in late August. It’s a great chance to see how the series began, without having to endure PS2 era limitations – hopefully in design as well as graphics.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will be released on Playstation 4 at some point in early 2018.