‘Yakuza 1 and 2 HD Edition’ Coming This November

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Gaming magazine Famitsu confirmed that Sega will give their critically acclaimed Yakuza and Yakuza 2 an HD treatment, as well as new features dedicated to fans. Other than high-definition graphics, the game will have improved loading times, ability to manage item box through the telephone booth, and many more.

More About Yakuza

Originally released in Japan as Like a Dragon in 2005, the first installment of the Yakuza series follows the story of Kazuma Kiryu.

He is known in the Yakuza world as “the Dragon of the Dojima Family.” But for the sake of his family and the woman he loves, he pleaded guilty for the death of his boss, which resulted to a 10-year sentence that sparked the game’s plot.

After 10 years, fate brought him back to his town, Kamurocho. What Kazuma didn’t know is that the members of the Yakuza family that has a grudge against him set up a dangerous trap for him. He returned and found out that his friend, Yumi Sawamura, was missing, as well as the 10 billion yen that belongs to the Tojo Clan where he used to belong.

One day, he met a young girl who holds the key to 10 billion yen. Kazuma swears to protect the girl in order to redeem himself and put the pieces of his life back together.

The Yakuza Sequel

Sega released the game’s sequel on December 2006 for the PlayStation 2.

Yakuza 2 takes place a year after the events of the first Yakuza game. In the story, Tojo Clan is falling apart and they are in the brink of war against Omi Family, an Osaka-based gang. As a last resort, the Tojo Clan members decided to ask for Kazuma’s aid.

Meanwhile, Kazuma and his adopted daughter, Haruka Sawamura, were now living a peaceful life. While visiting the graves of their ancestors, the former member of the Omi Family, Yukio Terada, was assassinated in front of them. Because of that, Kazuma headed out to Osaka to find a peaceful solution and prevent an all out gang war in Japan.


Developed by Amusement Vision, Sega will release Yakuza 1 and 2 HD Edition in Japan on November 1 for 5,290 yen ($67). It will be available exclusively for PlayStation 3 and will be followed by the release of Yakuza 5 one month later. There were no reports yet for a North American release and whether the game will land on other consoles.

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