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New Yakuza Game in the Works

Sega offers first glimpse at "Project K" a few days prior to Yakuza 4's release.

Teaser image from the Project K trailer which was shown at a Yakuza 4 press conference in Tokyo today.

Yakuza 4 is all set for release this week. But just in when you thought we'd be spared for a bit from endless product tie-in announcements, it looks like there's a new Yakuza game in the works.

Famitsu.com reports that a new entry in the series was announced today at a Yakuza 4 press conference in Tokyo. According to the site, the game was referred to as "Project K" and is coming our way from series director Toshihiro Nagoshi.

Sega showed an image movie at the event, which Famitsu.com described in detail. The video started off with that familiar Kamurocho neon entrance sign from past Yakuza games. A young boy, whom the site speculates is the game's main character, is seen walking around the night city in the rain.

In between scenes of Kamurocho's city life and the boy, the following text flashes on the screen:

  • The boy knew it
  • The graveness of the crimes he continued to commit
  • But the boy still doesn't know
  • The cruel fate that awaits
  • Also, the boy knows
  • That fighting is his destiny

The video ends with: "A new challenge for Ryu ga Gotoku starts" ("Ryu ga Gotoku" is the Japanese name for the Yakuza series).

Target platform and release timing were not announced at the event.

(UPDATE 15:54 -- I translated Famitsu's impressions to describe the main character as "young boy." However, based off the images at Gpara.com, "young man" looks like it could be more accurate.)

See Famitsu.com and Gpara.com for some images from the trailer.

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