Sega showed off new footage of Yakuza 0 during a special panel dedicated at the Tokyo Game Show today.
The panel also revealed a variety of miscellaneous details pertaining to the game. Chief among them is the increased prominence of money in all aspects of the gameplay. In line with the game’s setting in bubble economy-era Japan, money in Yakuza 0 is just as, if not more powerful than, brute force. Indeed, business management aspects were mentioned on the panel as playing a prominent role in the game, with 20 year-old Kiryu competing in Kamurocho’s real-estate market against a gang of five billionaires in an effort to exert influence over the area.
Sidequests in the game, of which there are said to be over 100, play a critical role in this quest, as not only can they yield money as always, but also more hands helping out on the ground. Footage from the game also indicated that simulation aspects are also set to be a part of the business gameplay, showing off things such as the extent to which Kiryu has control over different parts of Kamurocho.
Meanwhile, 24 year-old Majima is concerned with running a hostess club. The mechanics look to resemble those present in Yakuza 4, whereby players could also run their own hostess clubs by doing things such as recruiting girls off the street and customizing their appearance.
Money also plays an important role in combat and leveling up, though. Now, rather than wait to get money after finishing fights, it’ll fly out of enemies as they’re beaten up, which can then be collected to fill up the protagonists’ own wallets. That money can then be used to bolster characters’ skills, with better abilities naturally unlocking at higher prices. Tying in with Sega’s efforts earlier this year to recruit models to stand in for the game’s hostess characters and other prominent females, players can also use the money that they accrue to buy gravure videos featuring the women that can then be watched in the privacy of the protagonists’ own homes.
Beyond that, Japanese reggae band Shonan no Kaze was announced as being a collaborator in the game’s music. Additionally, licensed stores and restaurants in the game such as Don Quijote will also resemble what their real-life counterparts looked like in the 1980s.
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