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Sega Formally Announces Yakuza 4

The full name and first character and voice actor information.

 

You can stop referring to Sega's new PS3 Ryu ga Gotoku (aka Yakuza) game as New Ryu ga Gotoku. Sega announced a final name for the game today and also shared first character and voice actor information.

The new title will be known as Ryu ga Gotoku 4: Densetsu wo Tsugu Mono. The Japanese translates, roughly, to "The One Who Succeeds the Legend."

While Sega has yet to share solid details on the game, it did provide first character and voice actor information today. Typical of the series, Sega will be making use of an all-star cast. Actors Hiroki Narimiya and Kenta Kiritani will feature in the game. Narimiya will play the role of Masayoshi Tanimura, a detective in Kamiyacho, the main setting of the series. Kiritani will play the role of Takeshi Kido, a member of the Toujoukai mob, which has also appeared in past Gotoku games.

The presence of Kamiyacho and Toujoukai appears to confirm that the new Gotoku game will take place in modern times. Series general producer Toshihiro Nagoshi hinted at this in interviews during the game's initial announcement a few months back.

Narimiya and Kiritani will lend more than just their voices to the game. Sega says that it's making use of the latest in technology to make their likenesses appear in the game. This appears to suggest that the in-game characters will resemble their voice actor counterparts.

Hiroki Narimiya undergoing scanning to appear in the game in 3D form.
Kenta Kiritani shown being scanned in for use as a 3D model.
Of course, the actors will also lend their voices to the game. Kiritani is shown here during the recording process.

Sega has been slowly building up its promotions for the sequel. Following the game's initial announcement, Sega held auditions for girls to appear as in-game hostesses. Recently, public voting kicked off, allowing fans to vote on their favorite girls.

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