Yakuza zombie infection spreads West in March

PS3-exclusive Yakuza: Of The End to hit North America and Europe as Yakuza: Dead Souls next year; localization to feature downloadable content, new Pachislot minigame.

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Japanese gamers have already had to deal with Tokyo's zombie-infestation problems in Yakuza: Of The End, and now Western gamers will get a chance with Sega announcing it will bring the game to the West as Yakuza: Dead Souls in March 2012.

When Sega adds guns to the Yakuza series, it doesn't mess around.

The Western release won't be a straight port of its Japanese counterpart. Beyond the original campaign from the Japanese version, Sega is bringing over all of the Japanese game's downloadable content and adding an all-new Pachislot minigame.

The Yakuza franchise has traditionally kept its foot firmly planted in the realm of reality, but Dead Souls is set to change all of that. Series regular, Kazuma Kiryu, is joined by three new playable characters as he faces hordes of undead, mutants, and the ever-present seedy Japanese underworld in the streets of Tokyo's red light district.

Another first for the franchise comes in the newly expanded combat system. Players will still be throwing punches and kicks in classic fashion, but guns play a much bigger role in zombie-filled Tokyo. Sega touts the inclusion of pistols, machine guns, and rocket launchers, which it teases could be handy in case something "even more terrifying than the zombies" happens to show up.

For more on Yakuza: Dead Souls, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

56 comments
kazumashadow
kazumashadow

@Raxyman i understand, but if you don't want to buy it again, Yakuza 3 has a complete recap of the previous ones so you understand everything. Oh and i just found this new avatar and loved it haah. It's Finn from Adventure Time (no i'm not a child,this cartoon is really awesome).

Raxyman
Raxyman

@kazumashadow It's as i said, i would, but i'm trying to find someplace to buy Yakuza 2 because i wanted to know how that one ends before starting the sequel. I'm one of those that need to have played the prequels before buying a game XD. PS: Sudden change of avatar o.O

kazumashadow
kazumashadow

@Raxyman there is no special motive, is just that he's cool, and at sometimes Kazuma trusts him in a way that makes you like him even more. I suggest buying Yakuza 3 if you own a PS3, great game.

Raxyman
Raxyman

@kazumashadow Majima was cool and all, but i don't see why people liked him so much. Keep in mind to DON'T SPOIL to me, i've played yakuza 1 twice and my Yakuza 2 started malfuctioning halfway D: So i haven't played Yakuza ever since....

Psycho_Hands
Psycho_Hands

Oh another zombie game, how original. :roll: But seeing this is a Yakuza game I have no right to complain.

albinopig
albinopig

I'll only get this if it's on PS VIta, I own enough Zombie games on console. I want a portable zombie game.

kazumashadow
kazumashadow

@Raxyman well that changes stuff, but still i don't think it's the best choice, and the use of guns is other thing that i didn't like, doesn't fit Kazuma. At least we get to play as Majima, one of the best characters in the series.

hasancakir
hasancakir

I've got two opinions about this; 1-WTF??, 2-Et tu Kiryu??

supertom221
supertom221

@Codebreaker-X At least read the articale before you post. It's called Dead Souls, not Dark Souls. And there alraedy is a game with that name, it's Bleach: Dark Souls. No class-action lawsuit around here.

megakick
megakick

So is this game produced buy Takashi Miike?

Aiberg
Aiberg

i shall play no zombie game!

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

Pass. The Yakuza series has consistently featured some of the best storytelling in gaming, but zombies? C'mon, the reality is what made this series so great.

strayfies
strayfies

How does a soul die? :V Well it looks fun to find out. I'll have to consider this title when it launches. I've wanted a Zombie GTA for a while now, maybe this will live up to it.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

To be honest I reckon this will be a blast to play. The Yakuza games themselves are brilliant to play, and knowing how huge and in-depth the usual games are I'm sure Sega won't water it down for the zombies. From everything I've seen it looks pretty decent. I'll just wait until it's released and see for myself :) @ChromeGrill212 Pretty sure I saw footage of hand-to-hand combat? Using the old bicycles etc :P

ChromeGrill212
ChromeGrill212

i love playing the Yakuza series, but this game is so retarded and disappointing. i cant believe that they release a Yakuza game with zombies. And to make things worse i even heard that the Martial Arts melee combat will be completely gone from this game. Man if i wanted to play a game where i shoot zombies with guns then i would rather play Dead Space 2 or Left4Dead 2. This game will be a very big disappointment but the good news is that Yakuza 5 will release pretty soon. I cant wait for Yakuza 5 to show up with another awesome crime story of the Japanese criminal underworld. So screw this whole idea of Yakuza gangsters and zombies being crossed together on the same game. Thats just my personal opinion.

shkar
shkar

this is officially the death of an amazing franchise called YAKUZA ...........seriously ??? zombies ??? why ?? why ? why ?? why do this SEGA ??? YAKUZA was so great ,,,why ruin it with zombies ??

Nightrain50
Nightrain50

Should've released it for Halloween.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Got the demo from the Japanese store some time ago; absolutely nothing groundbreaking... but was really fun and enjoyable. This is good news, for me at least. @svaubel Thats trends being trends I guess... ^^;

System4Ever
System4Ever

Codebreaker-X its Dead Souls not Dark Souls

Codebreaker-X
Codebreaker-X

Sega's taking a risk by changing the name of the game to include "Dark Souls". Namco has a game out by the same title. Couldn't this lead to another dispute similar to The Elder Scrolls vs Minecraft Scrolls?

T_U_U_T_A
T_U_U_T_A

just giving every1 a heads up the controls are very different bit hard to get use to but once u do this game is awesome and people shouldnt be complaining we missed out on the other yakuza game ryu ga gotuka something well i cant remember ur like a samurai in kyoto it is realy cool we are unlucky to miss out on it

Everiez
Everiez

Awesome Sega. The game might be not as great as main titles but thank you for localizing this. Unlike some certain companies who doesn't give a **** to their fan base.

Raxyman
Raxyman

@kazumashadow If they keep it loyal to the japanese version it's just a paralel universe. Somewhat like Deadrising off the record. An "what if" situation. Otherwise yeah, they're going to do a huge mistake.

Novemberfreeze
Novemberfreeze

oh man, im definitely gonna pick this up. Majima, Kiryu, and Akiyama together slayin zombies? i wonder how the combat is though, considering all enemies are undead.

Philly04
Philly04

At first when I read the title I was like "WTF ARE YOU FOR REAL!?" But now I bring it on! Love Yakuza series and love zombie themes but never would put the two together.

Joey2cool
Joey2cool

As a fan of the survival horror genre AND zombies, I know what the zombie craze is all about: badassery.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

W0000T!! :P ....and 'YES' I'm geniunely THAT psyched!! Can't wait! This might be the one time I actually get into killing some zombies, lol. It's like I get to live out playing my own little campy J-Horror flick. :lol:

namdar
namdar

@svaubel agreed!

svaubel
svaubel

I dont understand what this whole zombie craze is all about.

momoh410
momoh410

YES YES YES YES!!!! Finally...!!! I LOVE SEGA!!!

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

The Yakuza series is one of the few reasons left to own a console. While I would love a PC port, I'd mainly want it for convenience; I don't think this game would benefit significantly from porting.

kazumashadow
kazumashadow

I did not see this coming, this is enough to lower my respect to the series, and i'm a great fan (just look at my avatar). This may be a try to hit a larger public, but Yakuza was awesome already.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

that's cool, psn needs all the exclusive dlc it can get, but i don't own this game... YET is it bad that the promise of zombie content will make me buy a game?!

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

I would rather have the samuri yakuza game featuring Musashi as Kiryu Kazuma than another zombie game.

x400Degreez
x400Degreez

The Yakuza series is awesome so i'm getting this

Daian
Daian

Zombies? Really? Again? Oh.....

darkslayerM
darkslayerM

this time they kill yakuza Dead on arrival no thanks , ... for me Resident evil , dead space and Alan Wake ... much better not yakuza please ??? Sega is Dead .... miss dreamcast Era

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

I love how Zombies have officially become a cash in, all kinds of Zombie games out there and alot of games adopting Zombie DLC, its getting a little old though, for real.

Dragon-Power
Dragon-Power

zombies in this game !! I hope this will be a good game

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

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Ivory-Dynamite
Ivory-Dynamite

Just because it has zombies in it does not make this a Zombie game,yes the game is full of them, but i'm 50 hours in so far and it feels like a Ryu ga gotoku game not a crappy zombie one.But please change the name back to of the end and stop trying to cash in on Demons/Dark Souls name.

toddx77
toddx77

This looks awesome, day 1 purchase for me.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

crap i just got the game n started playing :( ah well i guess the up side is my october is hot the games kick ass so to all who are waiting to get it its a must buy for Yakuza fans

Chaotic19
Chaotic19

That trailer was pretty badass. Glad to see their releasing it in NA.