Yakuza 6 — known as Ryū ga Gotoku 6: Inochi no Uta in Japan — will hit PlayStation 4 in Japan on December 6, 2016. The final chapter of Kazuma Kiryu’s legend will be the seventh entry in the Yakuza franchise, and the first in the main story line to come to PS4. In 2015, a prequel, Yakuza 0, was released on the console.
Here’s everything we know about the game so far.
Yakuza 6 gameplay
The reveal trailer didn’t showcase any gameplay, but we did get a look at the game’s in-game cutscenes and motion-capture. The trailer also showcases Yakuza’s voice actor lineup, with plenty of familiar voices.
If Yakuza 6 is anything last entries, we should expect a nice balance between narrative-driven conflict and open-world gameplay. Hand-to-hand combat has always been a series staple, while shooting and driving are also key components. It’s never been an open-world game like a Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row, but that’s ultimately what sets it apart and makes it special.
Yakuza 6 characters
Here’s the full list of characters, and the actors that voice them.
- Kazuma Kiryu (voiced by Takaya Kuroda)
- Haruka Sawamura (voiced by Rie Kugimiya)
- Yuuta Utsumi (voiced by Tatsuya Fujiwara)
- Takumi Someya (voiced by Shun Oguri)
- Kiyomi Kasahara (voiced by Yoko Maki)
- Nagumo Tsuyoshi (voiced by Hiroyuki Miyasako)
- Tsuneo Iwami (voiced by Nao Omori)
- Touru Hirose (voiced by Beat Takeshi)
Yakuza 6 story and setting
We don’t know much about Yakuza 6’s story yet, and the trailer doesn’t give too much away. Past entries have chronicled Kazuma Kiryu’s rise through the Yakuza ranks, and from what we can piece together, Yakuza 6 will have Kiryu return to the criminal underworld following Haruka’s discovery of his past as the former chairman and Yakuza head.
Sega said during an event at the UDX Theatre in Akihabara that Yakuza 6 would be the “final chapter of Kazuma Kiryu’s legend,” so we should assume that this will be the final entry feature Kiryu.
Yakuza 6 US release date
The game is currently scheduled for a December 6 release on PS4 in Japan. However, no Western release has been announced, and as such we don’t have any information on its US release. Past Yakuza entries have generally taken a year to hit Western markets, although Yakuza 5 didn’t come to North American until 2015, some three years after its Japan release. As it stands, Yakuza 0 also hasn’t seen a Western release, despite having been released in Japan in March 2015. It’s currently slated for a 2017 US release.
We’ll be sure to update this article as we get more information on Yakuza 6.