Yakuza expanding turf to PSP

Sega's organized crime series making its handheld debut on Sony's system in Japan later this year, tentatively titled Project K.

There may be no honor among thieves, but loyalty is another matter. Sega's Yakuza series has been a rare PlayStation-exclusive franchise from a third-party publisher. Appearing only on Sony consoles since its 2006 PlayStation 2 debut, the action adventure series about Japanese organized crime is now headed to the electronics giant's handheld system.

Project K will offer a new take on the Yakuza series, one without protagonist Kazuma Kiryu.

Siliconera coverage of the latest issue of Famitsu reports the series is ready for a fall debut on the PSP with a new style. While the game will bring players back to the neon alleys of Kamurocho, it will feature a new protagonist named Tatsuya Ukyo. Kazuma Kiryu, the protagonist of previous Yakuza games, will apparently not feature heavily into the series' first handheld installment. The game is tentatively being called Project K (not to be confused with K-Project, the code name for another Sega game, the critically acclaimed 2002 shooter Rez).

International release plans for Project K have not yet been revealed and are by no means guaranteed. While Yakuza 3 recently made its North American debut, neither the earlier PS3 spin-off Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan! nor the fourth full installment of the series, Ryu ga Gotoku 4: Densetsu o Tsugumono, have been confirmed for wider release.

For more on the series, check out GameSpot's review of Yakuza 3.

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Discussion

31 comments
GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

It will be a BIG mistake if they do not release it in the US!

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

Wow! The PSP is getting a lot of sequels to PS3 games. Valkriyn Chronicles 2, Peace Walker (A.K.A. MGS5) and now Yakuza 5. Happy days people, happy days. So DSi owner? Kept the receipt?

roosteraxe1
roosteraxe1

Hmm... I havn't bought a PSP game in a long time. Maybe this will be worth picking up.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Good, in fact great news for Yakuza fans (I guess) !!!

Franzkill
Franzkill

Waiting for the typical person to say 'Finally a good game for the PSP'. Seriously can't stand those people.

shkar
shkar

always a YAKUZA fan and will seriously consider buying a PSP just for this and MG peace walker....

yboucher
yboucher

Well, between this and Valkyria Chronicles 2, it's now become clear that Sega and Sony have signed a little deal to boost the PSP.....

BlOoDyDeAtH360
BlOoDyDeAtH360

once this comes out im deff going to be importing this, I love the other Yakuza games, and in a few weeks I hope to import Yakuza 4 as well that way I can have all the Yakuza games out ^_^

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

I haven't played the other Yakuza games but I have been interested in them. I'll keep my eye on this if it turns out to be real

Vhial
Vhial

I love Yakuza games, so I am very excited...though I will miss Kiryu

atrofiado
atrofiado

Kiryu is getting old! The game actually needs a fresh face. But I'm betting they are going to screw this one up. The PSP games are rushed all the time and don't get the attention they need. Hope I'm wrong at least this time!!

augchains
augchains

soo, he a gangsta, but he rather fight than shoot like every other ordinary gangsta does, weird.

jtmoney430
jtmoney430

@Jedilink09 Sounds like you need to return that game and get another one.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

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Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Sweetness....although I'm STILL playing through the first game. Haha. I go to a rooftop to find my friends and EVERY TIME I jump over this railing that I HAVE to jump over to continue, the game freezes and I have to go through the entire thing again and again. It's frozen up on me doing this at least 3 or 4 times. It take at least a half hour or 45 minutes to get to that point every time unless I speed through it and then it STILL doesn't matter because it STILL freezes.

lamprey263
lamprey263

So if it comes out in Japan by the end of the year then that must mean it'll be released outside Japan one year after that, meaning it should come in around 2011/2012 in North America and Europe, if ever.

dj_pulserfan
dj_pulserfan

*Sigh* Seeing all this Yakuza attention makes me wish they'd finish Shenmue, they are both pretty much the same game.

xxgunslingerxx
xxgunslingerxx

everyone needs to play yakuza 3... this game is truly the sleeper hit of the year and deserves twice the sales the pos ff13 has gotten

ryuz4kee
ryuz4kee

Gta...a lot better? Yeah right, GTA aint got nothin' on Yakuza.

Rob_101
Rob_101

Could be pretty good, I need to see some gameplay tho...

ascalon94
ascalon94

good for ppl who want this but hey I already got GTA so i dont need this. And GTA is a lot better..............

Respawn-d
Respawn-d

Cant say Im exited for a game thatll be cut because they think we wont be able to understand complexity. I wont be supporting a company that calls my nation a ******.

TongLong
TongLong

Holy crap! Rez is EIGHT YEARS OLD already?!?! Time is flyin'! This should be cool, I like that you're using a whole new character fro the new platform! I can't wait! OSU!!!

luffy11234
luffy11234

uh thats great and all but, i can't play Kiryu?!