Zombies invade next Yakuza game

Sega introduces ravenous undead hordes into next PS3-exclusive installment of Japanese criminal underworld saga.

This year's Tokyo Game Show is seeing a lot of familiar franchises upended. Devil May Cry is moving to a modern-day setting with DMC, Spike is making a family-friendly version of Fire Pro Wrestling featuring Xbox Live avatars, and the next Steel Battalion game is swapping out the original's mammoth 40-button controller for Xbox 360 Kinect support.

The only thing worse than Yakuza are undead Yakuza.

Sega is getting in on the trend as well, as the company is using the show to debut a new Yakuza game featuring zombies. The newly named Yakuza: Of the End will arrive for the PlayStation 3 in Japan, though a release window has not been specified.

When Sega first acknowledged the game's development, series director Toshihiro Nagoshi said the core concept was "destruction." The first teaser for Yakuza: Of the End certainly backs that notion up, as it features zombies invading the series' Kamurocho district (based on the real-world Kabukicho area in Shinjuku). The ensuing havoc sees a building blown up, military forces overrun, giant monsters tearing up the city, and four main characters brandishing some heavy-duty firearms. In the case of Ryuji Goda, his right arm has been replaced with a Gatling gun.

Staving off the zombie apocalypse with high explosives and heavy artillery will be a primary theme of the game, but Sega is including a variety of other activities. Players will be able to unwind from the carnage by going fishing or playing minigames like table tennis, pachinko, mahjong, or darts.

While Yakuza: Of the End has not been confirmed for international release, the series' history suggests it would be a good candidate for localization. A feudal-Japan-set spin-off and a PSP installment in the series have yet to find their way to foreign shores, but the first three main installments in the Yakuza series have been released in the West. Another installment, Yakuza 4, is set for release in North America and Europe next spring.

For more on Yakuza: Of the End, check out GameSpot's first impressions.

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Clogeta
Clogeta

This might be my favorite thing ever!!

oneEnigma
oneEnigma

this is a retarded idea its seems more the company is desperate making the Yakuza franchise appeal to western audiences, i was quite happy with the quirky and fun japanese style but imo they ruined it with this now, with L4D games being so fun to play and dead rising on the horizon i will be fully satisfied with my zombie apetite, this is really unnecessary imo

lowkey254
lowkey254

Umm... ok, I guess if that's the route you want to take.

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Oh my...I think I'd rather have this instead of Dead Rising 2...o.0

Cappuccin0
Cappuccin0

I think this may work. Kinda like a Dead Rising thing for PS3. I dig. I'm still waiting for my Shenmue tho, Sega.

don_bidarian
don_bidarian

as a yakuza fan i have one word to say: fail.

green_dominator
green_dominator

It's really cool that they are ripping off in title one of the most influential film directors to ever live....Bravo I mean seriously......I'm very proud of ya...... Okay sarcasm aside, George A Romero is THE MAN who truly introduced the world to Zombies in 1968. Night Of The Living Dead totally opened the doors for modern horror, without him we wouldn't be seeing this culture of Zombies and we definitely wouldn't be seeing movies like Saw or whatever other horror films you watch. Jason, Freddy, Michael meyers, Leatherface, Pinhead, the Tall Man none of these icons would exist without Romero's films. This game seems like a slap in the face to even what Yakuza is as a game.... I'v only had a chance to play the first game but I love it and I want to play the others but I wouldn't touch this with a ten meter cattle prod.

mightycloud
mightycloud

Does it end with Kazuma waking up in the "who shot JR" routine? Still, could be a laugh. One minute you're chatting up a hostess and the next she's trying to bite your neck for giving her a bad gift.

Menalque2
Menalque2

This is just lame. I know the Yakuza series has always been a bit silly and over the top and that's part of its charm, but they're going too far this time. Do not want.

shkar
shkar

I just hope 2 things: 1- That they don't screw this superb franchise with this ZOMBIE addition because ZOMBIES games and movies are about scientific experiments viruses and labs while the YAKUZA series is more about crimes and japanese gangs....... 2- That the game will be released INTERNATIONALLY and not just for JAPAN.....

Slagar
Slagar

I think they should add Martians too, just for good measure.

Applonee
Applonee

OMG !!!!! zombies .... why in hell they put zombies in the game..... remove it SEGA

David719
David719

Am I the only one whose getting sick of zombies?

elancion
elancion

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shentonio
shentonio

What the hell is it with zombies invading games at the moment? We're going to see them in Read Dead Redemption, Fat Princess and now Yakuza? I'm all for zombies in games as I'm a huge fan of the first 3 Resi Evil games, but I'm a bit worried that we will be so overloaded with zombies games that I will eventually be sick of them!!

Angre_Leperkan
Angre_Leperkan

This might be, quite literally, the most pot-brained and idiotic idea in the gaming industry in quite a long time.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Looks pretty awesome. But I hope it turns out that it's all just a dream of Kazuma's or something. I don't know how I'd feel about this actually being set in the real world.

goez3000
goez3000

looks like a left 4 dead rip off

FightingGuyX4
FightingGuyX4

i guess the story in this would have been a little boring in the next Yakuza but throw in some MothaFN Zombies and you got your self an action packed story of survival...i guess ill keep an open mind about it ...

mimsoo
mimsoo

The last thing i need to complete my zombie collection now is some zombie hentai.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

There really is a Zombie invasion going on here isn't there?! Invading all kinds of entertainment mediums. They want our brains!!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

A combination of my two favourite things: Yakuza games and zombie games. This is a happy day... for me at least.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

0:59......it looks like a licker from the RE franchise.....infact most of this game looks like RE, the japanese have changed this year especially with games like DMC

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

well, I sure as hell wasn't expecting this... I love Yakuza, but zombies bore me to death (no pun intended). Let's see how it'll turn out...

janrabbit
janrabbit

whats next mafia zombies? triad zombies? zombies over baghdad? flippin zombies...

hatmatidor
hatmatidor

Is that some kind of joke? That's absurd....

helldude90
helldude90

Zombies must be the "it" thing right now.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

W ... T ... F. If this was April I'd say we were being fooled. Stupidest mistake ever.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

Okay talk about a huge departure from gameplay and storyline LOL I think they are striving to have a zombie version or add-on for damn near every game around now. Zombies are like what vampires are to movies and tv right about now, becoming an overused theme that will turn something that is/was cool into an overkilled medium. Don't get me wrong, I think the Resident Evil games are cool, but right now people seem to go into things thinking, "yeah, it's cool now, but how cool would it be if we put zombies in it too???!!" All I know is hell would have freezed over and the apocalypse is upon us once we get Zombie Madden NFL or Kingdom Hearts: Munched On By The Walking Dead.

auntbessie
auntbessie

The one in that picture looks like my uncle, he's got a bit of a drink problem. I like zombie games to some extent, though I do think the zombie theme is a bit like flogging a dead horse, always going to be tricky to come up with something new and exciting

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Dev Head: "Guuuuuuyss, I think our title may be lacking appeal. What can we do to fix it?" Unoriginal developer who can come up with nothing but fad, unoriginal cliche' ideas: "I know! Lets put ZOMBIES in!"

chaldoboy14
chaldoboy14

I've played each Yakuza game and they're all great. But this seems kind of odd. But I'm not gonna lose hope on this because they obviously know how to make really good games, especially the Yakuza series itself.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Lol I soo gotta try this game when it comes out looks pretty darn funny plus very action based I might like it or totally hate it either way I'm willing to find out.

Black_Adder_
Black_Adder_

Great. SEGA will have to fire the people who had the good idea.

thankqwerty
thankqwerty

There's no way you can top this game in concept.

pudgexd
pudgexd

WOW I cant wait to fight those monster !!!! The giant guy and the one that looks like licker.

jello_flouride
jello_flouride

I love zombies and all but I don't see how this is going to work.

thisranks
thisranks

I'll bet that English VA won't be invading Yakuza, though. That was enough to keep me away from 3.

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

Like I said Earlier please be a spin off, I don't want them to end the series especially something as stupid as this, I loved Yakuza for being pretty realistic. I just don't want the series to end. Not that it doesn't look awesome though but please be a spin off like Kenzan!

Everiez
Everiez

If this spinoff comes to state then I want Yakuza: Kenzan spinoff localized as well. Oh and LOL at you people thinking this one is real sequel.

David_Kniffin
David_Kniffin

@Gelugon_baat Okay, fair enough. Having never been to Singapore, that was definitely not a place I considered. I was referring mostly to Tokyo and other neighboring cities/districts (wasn't considering places like Okinawa), but since the trains run everywhere, I figured it'd only be a matter of time before the whole mainland was overrun. Anyways, I'd definitely want to be somewhere like America (or any giant continent with lots of land), rather than Japan... or maybe anywhere in Asia, considering population. :P

pengo93
pengo93

@Gelugon_baat I assumed the gatling gun would have been slowed down to avoid shoulder injury. As a biology and physics student, the one thing I noticed as impossible was the magic ammo. The zombies and other monsters, although unlikely, aren't entirely impossible. There already are pathogens that can alter the hosts behavior and giant monsters are a frequent occurance on Japan anyway. Magic satchels defy the laws of physics as we know it, therefore I am disappoint.

David_Kniffin
David_Kniffin

Japan would be the worst country to be in during a zombie outbreak. Mostly because of the trains that link the entire country from top to bottom. If even one zombie makes it to a train, the whole country is finished! Not to mention, there's no where to run too!

chechak7
chechak7

so like L4D ...errr but japanes zombies :D