Yakuza 5 To Have 5 Playable Characters, Will Use New Game Engine

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One of my favorite exclusives for the PlayStation 3 is finding its way to a strong 5th chapter. Yakuza 5 will span across 5 cities including Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo.

The 5 main characters you can play in those cities are Taiga Saejima, Kazuma Kiryu, Shun Akiyama, Tatsuo Shinada and Haruka. The newcomer to the series being Tatsuo Shinada who is a former baseball player. Gambling got him a life ban from the sport, even though he claims to be innocent and an is in a ton of debt. Saejima is apparently in jail, Akiyama is doing business in Osaka and Haruka decided to become an Idol, leave Okinama and start out on her own. Kiryu works as a taxi driver in Fukuoka.

Not only are there new locales and characters but the game will be using a new engine and because of this creators are referring to this entry as “New Yakuza” that features better controls and a more developed script. The game connects directly with Yakuza 4 so if you want to play this and haven’t caught up I would recommend picking up 4.

Yakuza 5 will hit in Japan in December for the PlayStation 3. No word about a state side date so check back and we will keep you posted! Who is your favorite Yakuza character? Tell us in the comments below!

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Heather Baird
As an aspiring game designer I enjoy every facet of the game industry