The Yakuza games have long been known for their absurdity and hyper-focus on a particular gameplay style. With mountains of side quests and mini-games, there’s tons that fans love about this franchise that’s basically just a mob story taking place within the same city block over and over. The RPG mechanics and fluid combat also offer additional layers of fun. Many fans have long returned to the classic PS2 and PS3 titles for a bit of nostalgia, even as the looming release of the PS5 creeps closer.
But with a new announcement of Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5 coming to the PlayStation 4, that nostalgic excitement has been reignited once again. And with the more recent Yakuza 6 and Kiwami remakes breathing new life into the aging game series, now seems like a perfect time for Sony and Sega to team up once again to bring Toshihiro Nagoshi’s creation to a new generation of gamers.
To that end, there’s been an announcement that revealed the impending release of a collection of the three preceding games into a single collection. Sega Director of Production Sam Mullen made the statement on Twitter. With the new bundle, fans will have the option of both a physical or digital method for how they wish to buy it.
The bundle is a somewhat reworked version of the three games, offering redone visuals and some other improvements. Some bugs also got worked out, making for a slightly smoother gameplay experience.
The The Yakuza Remastered Collection is out for purchase starting today for $59.99, but will be released in stages, with Yakuza 3 being the only game out so far. Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5 will unlock automatically once they’re available – on October 29th, 2019 and February 11th, 2020, respectively.