Yakuza 0 is set in 1988 Tokyo and Osaka
posted on 08.26.14 at 07:08 AM EDT by (@salromano)
20-year-old Kiryu and 24-year-old Majima to star.

Yakuza 0

Sega’s newly announced Yakuza 0 is set in December 1988 Kamurocho, Tokyo and Soutenbori, Osaka, this week’s Famitsu reveals.

The protagonists are 20-year-old Kazuma Kiryu and 24-year-old Majima Goro. Kiryu works as a bill collector under the Tojo Clan’s Dojima Family. Goro, on the other hand, is a cabaret club manager who turned a spot that was on the verge of closing into the most popular club in Soutenbori.

The events of Yakuza 0 are directly connected to the events of the original Yakuza. Thus, many characters from the original will appear in the upcoming prequel.

Yakuza 0 is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. Development is 65 percent complete. A release date is still to be announced.

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  • Azuardo

    Forever sad these games don’t come to the West any more.

    • http://Gematsu.com Vayne

      Sega is going through financial difficulties. This is the reason.

      • Azuardo

        Sad all the same.

      • Budgiecat

        Opposite. their home console and handheld game sales are down 57% (due to barely putting anything out) but their casino business is thriving.

        Sega could probably shut down their home game division and operate on running their casinos, arcades and selling Pachinko & Pachislot games alone.
        they have more money now then they’ve ever had in the past

        Its for this very reason, they’ve become lax and complacent and xenophobic in nature.

        • PrinceHeir

          Just like SNK with Pachinko game slots and Konami Onsen baths i think? :P

          • Budgiecat

            yeah except SNK is actually hurting lol

    • badmoogle

      Please be excited for more Sonic games!!!

      • Azuardo


  • Articuno76

    Sounds like it might explain something I’ve always been curious about – why is an Osakan one of the top members of the Tojo Clan?

  • Gintoki79

    Sounds good, I like Majima.

  • Bob Obb

    Still the same characters? If they’d try something new it would get a lot more people’s attention and definitely leave Japan. There’s been at least 5 games with these characters, I really don’t want to jump in this late and I imagine many others feel the same.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      If anything, this is a fine way to jump in given that it’s a prequel to the first five games. Also, it has somewhat a chance at localization (if Sega decides to be cool) as it doesn’t require the 5th game to have been localized.

    • xTasha

      I could see them using this game to lead the series into a different direction. It’s set so far back that we’re gonna get a lot of new characters who should still be around after wherever this game ends.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Changing the roster has absolutely nothing to do with why we aren’t localizing these games any more. The interest is there, but SoA is just sitting in their office with their thumb up their ass. That is why we’re not getting them.

      Plus, since it will have a story of its own, maybe they will take Sal’s advice and localize it anyway since you wouldn’t have to play 5 or Ishin! to enjoy this one.

      • KingNigma

        You seem familiar.

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        Off topic post – Good to see you online again. Was kinda worried after you vanished. Hope everything is okay.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Yeah, just been a bit busy. It took a new Ryu ga Gotoku to pull me out of hibernation though :p

          • Budgiecat

            YOU’RE ALIVE!

          • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

            Fair enough. =P

            Just glad everything is okay.

  • asch999

    I guessd we will learn how kiryu got his nickname “Dragon of Dojima”

  • Tyler Rideck

    All it takes is one check from MS and a western translation can happen. Let Phil know you want this. What a coup it would be to steal it from Sony.

    • Budgiecat

      and just like Shenmue II, kill any hope for future games when the XB1/360 sales die both in the West and in Japan.

      there’s a reason they pick Sony

      • Tyler Rideck

        I didn’t say anything about making the series Xbox One exclusive.. If Sony wants to do a western localization they can go ahead and I’ll buy a PS4 for it. Remember Nagoshi was willing to take a check to put Yakuza HD remaster on Wii U…

        • Budgiecat

          that was just “an experiment” by his own words. Nintendo didnt come to him. It died horribly there and I doubt he’ll ever try it again…

      • Tyler Rideck

        This is my vision, Yakuza Zero western edition Xbox One digital download only. MS pays for the translation and porting. Sega needs the money after its lawsuit.

        • Budgiecat

          Sega is not hurting for money and what lawsuit?

          • Tyler Rideck

            Sega is hurting and bing Alien Colonial Marines lawsuit.

            • Budgiecat

              that fell mostly to the developer, and no Sega is not financially hurting. they have more money now then they ever did when they were making consoles. they are the largest Pachinko/Pachislot manufacturer in Japan and they own and run whole casinos there which are huge business

              • Tyler Rideck

                Take a look at this article.. http://seekingalpha.com/article/2445365-sega-sammy-holdings-a-match-not-made-in-heaven Sammy might be doing well, but Sega is hurting the bottom line.

                • Budgiecat

                  SegaSammy is one company; not 2 different ones.

                  their home console video game division might be down, (but thats really a fault of not putting enough games out and focusing on them with proper marketing and localization), but even all that hardly puts the company at risk, visa vi, SegaSammy could theoritically shut down all home and handheld console game distribution and still thrive solely on their console and arcade business handsomely…Sega’s household name being used as a spear /figurehead.

                  • Tyler Rideck

                    Back to my point of MS giving them a check and marketing support for western release of Yakuza Zero. If SCEA doesn’t want to..

                    • Budgiecat

                      Its a bad idea because there is zero fanbase there, just like there was a zero fanbase for Yakuza HD collection on Wii U.

                      So when the sales do even worse than it ever could on Western PS3/PS4 release, Sega will be like ‘told you so’ and we’ll really never get another Yakuza, hell, another non Sonic/Hatsuni Mike Sega made game again…

                    • Tyler Rideck

                      Yakuza failed in the West because of bad marketing and the lack of funds on Sega’s part to provide better marketing. In this case MS will be paying for the translation and handling the marketing and expense. Social media in addition to the regular gaming media will be used to create hype and interest in Yakuza for the West. The game will be digital only to mitigate the financial cost of printing discs. Even with low sales, it will have a strategic and image value for Xbox over PlayStation messaging that Microsoft will deliver gamers a niche title that Sony refused to.

  • Budgiecat

    I wonder if Kiryu and Majima will still look like they’re in their late 30’s lol.

    I noticed that with Majima in Yakuza 4 when they did the flashback scenes..the devs didnt really bother to adjust the character models for proper age appearance

    ..Also, 1988? I wonder if they’ll run into …him :P


    • PrinceHeir

      Ryo Hazuki cameo please!!!!!!!!

  • rockman29

    Ah mannnnnnn, release this in NA then! I would love a prequel.

  • BlueCereal

    Would have been really cool if we got this.

  • GozuTennai

    Shame we’ll never see it :c

  • 真鵜雄

    I just bought Famitsu and I have a few more details about the story:

    As the rumors said the story will be placed in December 1988 at Kamurocho and Soutenbori.
    In that period there was a fight to get the contract to build the Milleium Tower.
    An evening, Kiryu collects money from a person that suddently get murdered.
    Tojo-kai suspect the killer was Kiryu and they point the spearhead to Kazama too.
    To protect him, Kiryu decide to leave Doujima-gumi, but…

    In the meantime, Majima lives in Osaka and manage a Cabaret Club in Soutenbori under Oumirengo protection.
    Majima is hiding himself from Tojo-kai (you know the reason if you played Yakuza 4), but he still dream about go back into yakuza.
    One day he receive an offer, he can return into yakuza if he kills a person…

  • http://Gematsu.com Vayne

    Another Yakuza spin-off, maybe the last.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Spin-off? More like a prequel. This isn’t like Kenzan!, Of The End, or Ishin!, lol.