Early leaks from this week’s Famitsu revealed Yakuza 5 to be a PlayStation 3 title starring series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu throughout five different cities. New leaks have further detailed the game, which is said to be of ‘massive’ scale.
The five cities—Kamurocho, Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka—will be the same size, or larger than, the previous Osaka and Okinawa locations. The game itself will feature shorter load times, better camerawork, and more detailed character expressions. Battles and conversation will be seamless, according to series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi.
If the series were compared to construction, said Nagoshi, Yakuza 5 would be the creation of a brand-new house, where previous Yakuza titles were extensions to an existing house.
Yakuza 5 is a direct sequel to Yakuza 4, meaning none of the events in Yakuza: Of the End, the series’ zombie-themed spin-off, will have meaning.
Masayoshi Yokoyama is producing. The game is still early in development. A date has yet to be announced.