The next Yakuza game has been revealed by Sega, and it sounds like we may be heading back to the series' roots.
According to Gematsu, the next game will be called Yakuza Zero: Chikai No Basho, which translates to Yakuza Zero: The Place of Oath, which was revealed during a Sega-sponsored Yakuza livestream. The game is in development for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, but no further details were announced on the stream. Sega instead launched a teaser site and directed fans to look out for more info during the 2014 Tokyo Game Show, which takes place Sept. 18-21 at the Makuhari Messe in the Chiba prefecture of Tokyo.
There aren't any official details as of yet for this new Yakuza title, but it's not hard to see where Sega is taking the series. Yakuza Zero? The Place of Oath? This has to be a prequel, right? We're thinking the game will probably be taking us back to series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu's origins in the crime syndicate, maybe even his first ever jobs as part of the Tojo clan. We like the idea, as establishing a narrative foundation is never a bad idea, and more Yakuza is always a good thing too.
We'll have more on Yakuza Zero as Sega releases it, which means we'll be turning our attention to the Tokyo Game Show in late September. Hopefully this next entry actually makes it to the States, and gives longtime fans a reason to be excited for a solid PlayStation exclusive.