Yakuza and Yakuza 2, possibly one of Sega’s last largely successful and loved franchises, are getting HD remakes for the PlayStation Network. The Japanese trailer you see above is a great way to catch both titles in motion.
I actually have something to admit to the readers at large. Despite studying Japanese, liking fiction about organized crime, visiting Japan and being a diehard gamer, my first foray in the Yakuza franchise started with Yakuza 4. Now, I loved that game, but I felt a little lost in the grand scope of the series. Seeing 1 and 2 getting an HD upgrade overseas means I might have a shot at enjoying the originals with better visuals; though, I’d like to see more effort spent on sharpening them up.
The bad news? These remakes have not been confirmed for release anywhere outside of Japan. There was a time when Yakuza 4 was thought to never see an international release, either. Let’s hope Sega thinks on it and elects to give the rest of the world a shot at enjoying the first two parts of this franchise once more.