TGS '07: Yakuza 2 coming to US

Sega of America announces three new titles previously only available in Japan for the US market, including Ryu go Gotoku 2.

TOKYO--Kazuma Kiryu is taking another trip to America, with the sequel to the action adventure Yakuza finally announced for the region.

Yakuza 2 follows on from the events of the first game, which saw Kazuma retiring from Yakuza life. However, the head of his former gang, the Tojo Clan, is assassinated by members of the Oni gang, and Kazuma finds himself drawn back into the violent gangster world as he attempts to prevent a full-scale gang war.

Yakuza was set in Kamuro-cho, a fictional Tokyo district, which was modeled on the real-life red-light district Kabuki-cho. Yakuza 2, however, will get an extra area--it will be set in both Western Japan and Kamuro-cho.

The sequel, which Sega is calling "fully upgraded," will have Kazuma dealing with the police, chatting up the ladies, and bashing lots more bicycles over people's heads. Already released in Japan in December 2006 as Ryu go Gotoku 2, Yakuza 2 will be for the PlayStation 2 only and should arrive on North American shelves next year.

Sega also announced two more Japanese-developed games for the US: Dinosaur King and Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer--both for the Nintendo DS. In Dinosaur King, which sounds like a Pokémon-style game, players collect more than 100 dinosaurs (each of which has its own special abilities) from five different territories across the world and then battle with the mysterious Dr. Z.

Originally released on the Super Nintendo, Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer comes from the creators of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon and takes place in feudal Japan. The hero of the game is a Ronin named Shiren on a quest to discover the Land of the Golden Condor. The game will be a classic turn-based role-playing game and features a tutorial mode for new users.

As with Yakuza 2, Dinosaur King and Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer are expected to release sometime in 2008.

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Discussion

48 comments
AndreSCP
AndreSCP

can't wait for this game, i loved the first one so much...

DaGhOsT187
DaGhOsT187

been waiting~ i liked the first even with no guns really

ef8ryder
ef8ryder

wow, i like yakuza it was awsome!i hope #2 will be more improved

simonpeggisace
simonpeggisace

Thats good to hear =) But what about a UK date please? =)

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

Great news, just hope they get better voice actors this time around. Apart from Michael Madsen and Mark Hammil, the others were so horrible it made me cry.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Of course they are, how else are they going to release Yakuza 3 on the PS3 in the US without Yakuza 2 ever showing up? Sony needs all the titles they can get on the PS3 worldwide.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

could be good, has alot of potential

aots_twilight
aots_twilight

The first had characters curse so much my ears bleed

delema17
delema17

Awsome, cant wait, Yakuza 1 was the s***!

WPack911
WPack911

AWESOME news, thank you Sega! This will most likely be the last PS2 game I'll play since I have already moved on to the "Next-Gen" with the PS3 and Wii. Well at least I have one PS2 game to look forward to for next year, that's cool for me. -WPack911

JLuke360
JLuke360

Finally, we couldn't just skip to Yakuza 3.

C-Himura
C-Himura

Shenmue 3, that would be one hell of an announcement.

Kaare_Jay
Kaare_Jay

Can't wait till I get Yakuza 2.

SneakyB986
SneakyB986

peacenutman If Shenmue 3 was announced, I bet a whole lot of people here are gonna crap their pants lol. haha I thought about it and look what you made me do........

edubuccaneer
edubuccaneer moderator

I simply cannot wait for Yakuza 2... sigh.

C-Himura
C-Himura

This announcement has been the best TGS 07 moment for me. Sure MGS4 trailer is out of this world, but I know I won't miss out on playing it. But I have been waiting for this Japan-only game since I beat the first one. I even wrote to Sega of America a couple of months back and asked them about this game coming to the US (no response of course) but this has just made my day. Yakuza is an excellent game and from what I've heard, Yakuza 2 is even better. I guess it didn't bode as well internationally because it is not a GTA be-header which is what most people have the impression of this game being as, another GTA, even though they are completely different types of games.

el_rika
el_rika

hell yeah ! Yakuza games rull !

V-r0cK
V-r0cK

Yeaaaaa this is great news..i like the first one yet others have their own opinion. Too bad Yakuza 3 wont be of the same present-time style. But we'll see how that goes.

efg7721
efg7721

finally!!!!!!!!!!!!! i waited almost a year to play the series hope yakuza 3 is a ps3 exclusive

Dolacide
Dolacide

Yakuza was really bad, hopefully they fix the targeting system.

peacenutman
peacenutman

If Shenmue 3 was announced, I bet a whole lot of people here are gonna crap their pants lol.

TehPickle
TehPickle

For goodness sake Sega, announce Shenmue 3!!!! >.

Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

YES!! Late is better than never! Oh man, this is good news. lol

thug_angel123
thug_angel123

next year damn! I already waited a year for yakuza 2

BulletProof007
BulletProof007

What system is the mystery dungeon game for ? Any ways this sounds like good news.

curp11
curp11

YES!!! Yakuza was truly a game with an over-the-top story for years.

PatLTornado
PatLTornado

This is good. Western gamers get to experience the "Yakuza" series. Who can agree with me that things are looking much better for SEGA and that if they can get back to being a strong 3rd party publisher then it will be easier for them to launch a new console.

kitlink
kitlink

Great news, hopefully sega learned their lesson from the localization disaster that was the first game.

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

Oh god what did we do to deserve this kind of punishment.

Funglip
Funglip

Yes!! but when give us a release date.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

FINALLY! TIME TO FIRE MY PS2 UP AGAIN! i could cry right now but i wanna whoop some ass first! YAKUZA Rocks!!!!

params7
params7

Ah finally!! They announced Yakuza 3 on the PS3, and I was getting worried I'd never get to play the 2nd part.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

doesn't really affect me but good for those in US

p30
p30

Awesome!!! thx SEGA

mimsoo
mimsoo

YAAAAY! Why has GS given the First Yakuza a bad rating anyway?

Reetesh
Reetesh

Finally, the Yakuza have come back......... to US!

fishnpeas1
fishnpeas1

Yes! Its the one game I wanted to complete my PS2 collection with, I'd started to lose hope it would come out over here :o)

M-Yu
M-Yu

It's about damn time!

Doolum
Doolum

A game with Dinos.might as well check back on that for more details after

puppet12ca
puppet12ca

Damn finallly I have I been waiting for this for so long

JamesL007
JamesL007

This is great news, I know the rest of us have been waiting for a Yakuza 2 for a long time and now we will get it at last. Can't wait for it.