Now It's Yakuza: Dead Souls
SEGA has announced that Yakuza: Dead Souls, the renamed zombie sequel/spinoff to the popular Yakuza franchise, is set to release on Western shores in March 2012. The confirmation comes from both SEGA Of America and SEGA Of Europe, so here's hoping for a near-simultaneous launch. This PS3 exclusive will contain the entire storyline, Japanese downloadable content and a brand new Pachislot mini-game, which should ensure some impres. Many of you will have doubtlessly hit up some import reviews already, but we've got a trailer, a few more details and screenshots after the jump just in case.
From the press release: Yakuza: Dead Souls is set in the infamous red light district of Tokyo, which is under attack from hordes of zombies. Players will not only face armies of the undead and incredibly powerful mutants, but a treacherous Japanese underworld that is just as merciless. Playing through the eyes of four of the most infamous characters of the series, witness allegiances shift quickly and the line between friend and foe lost. If you thought zombies were bad…meet the Yakuza!
We know how much people love Yakuza in the West and with Dead Souls being the latest and greatest in the franchise, it is only right we bring it to them closer to the Japanese release than ever. - Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA
Yakuza: Dead Souls features gunplay for the first time in the Yakuza series, where everything from pistols, machine guns and rocket launchers can be employed against the zombie invasion. Just remember to save some ammo in case you run into something even more terrifying than the zombies! With all the depth and story of a Yakuza title, plus the addition of exciting shoot-outs and previously unplayable characters Ryuji Goda and Goro Majima, Yakuza: Dead Souls is worth dying for.
Apparently. We'll keep you posted.