Yakuza 0 Coming to America and Europe "Early 2017"

New screenshots and trailer show off the open-world prequel in action.

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Sega has announced that Yakuza 0 will be available in North America and Europe in "early 2017." Posting on the PlayStation Blog, community manager Dan Sheridan said although the game is also being released on PlayStation 3, "only the PS4 version will be released in the west."

Yakuza 0 is a prequel to the first game in the series, which is also being remade as Yakuza: Kiwami. It is set in a "decadent world of over-indulgence, where cash rules everything and there are a million ways to spend, make or take money."

The blog post explains further: "The year is 1988, a chilly but electric Tokyo is the backdrop for the rise of the Dragon of Dojima. See the genesis of series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu as he ascends the ranks of the Yakuza--the name for the notorious criminal gangs operating in the seedy underworld of Japan.

"For the first time ever, fans of the series have a unique opportunity to get into the story-driven action and play as the Mad Dog of Shimano; Goro Majima--the most eccentric character in the Yakuza series. Along with his unique fighting style and abilities, players will gain an eye-popping insight into his penchant for turning sleaze into profit--while trying to complete impossible tasks set by seemingly unforgiving bosses."

Take a look at the new screenshots below.

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