First look at Yakuza 0
posted on 08.27.14 at 06:20 PM EDT by (@salromano)
The origin stories of Kazuma Kiryu and Majima Goro.

Yakuza 0

Famitsu has gone live with its first online preview of Yakuza 0.

The newly announced PlayStation 4 and PS3 game is set in 1988, before the events of the first game, and tells the origin stories of Kazuma Kiryu and Majima Goro.

Get the details below.

Kamurocho and Soutenbori

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Japan’s biggest red light districts—Kamurocho, Tokyo and Soutenbori, Osaka.

Kamurocho is the place to go to see every one of your desires fulfilled. Whether it be eating, drinking, sex, or even gambling, Kamurocho has it all and then some. A glamorous site admired as “the city that never sleeps,” East Japan’s greatest yakuza organization, the Tojo Clan, wages turf wars here every day.

Soutenbori, on the other hand, is a uniquely Kansai-esque city with an electric atmosphere, and home to the region’s greatest yakuza organization, the Omi Alliance.

Both cities hide a dangerous face beneath their sparkling facades.

Kazuma Kiryu and Majima Goro

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The protagonists of Yakuza 0.

  • Kazuma Kiryu - 20-years-old. East Japan’s greatest yakuza organization, the Tojo Clan. Kiryu is a gangster belonging to the Dojima Family, which is under the direct command of the main Tojo Clan itself. He lost his parents at an early age, and was brought up at the Sunflower Orphanage founded by Dojima Family lieutenant Shintaro Kazama. After growing up, he followed in Kazama’s footsteps and joined the Dojima Family himself. Already widely known for being among the strongest fighters within the Tojo Clan, he operates predominantly within Kamurocho as his headquarters. However, on one fateful day in December 1988, Kiryu finds himself accused of extracting money from a back alley murder victim, putting his organization in a state of crisis. What’s worse, Kazama, the man Kiryu owes his life, too, gets caught in the crossfire. In order to protect him, Kiryu has decided to leave the Dojima Family, but…
  • Majima Goro - 24-years-old. Manager of the cabaret club “Grand” in Soutenbori, Osaka. You wouldn’t think he is sincere, but contrary to his appearance, he is bold, yet polite. The “King of the Night,” he managed to turn Grand into the most popular club in Soutenbori in the blink of an eye amidst cutthroat competition. However, his true identity is that of an ousted former yakuza. Several years ago, he was working in Tokyo under the Tojo Clan, but during a certain raid, went against the will of the organization, facing imprisonment as a result. Afterwards, he was sent to Osaka under the supervision of Kansai’s greatest yakuza organization, the Omi Alliance, allowed to stay alive as a normal citizen. But for his close friend and sworn brother, Majima dreams of returning to the family. One day, as the condition for his return, he is ordered to kill a person, but…

A release date for Yakuza 0 has not been announced. Development is currently 65 percent complete.