Ahead of the 26th August Yakuza event where new titles will be revealed, a leak of a “Yakuza Kiwami 2” has dropped thanks to the absolute diamonds at PSN Taiwan. Thanks, chaps. It will be releasing on PlayStation 4.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 will, according to translations of the leaked PSN product page for the game, remake Yakuza 2 using Yakuza 6‘s new engine, the Dragon Engine.
This is a bit of a double-edged sword. On one hand, Yakuza 2 is currently one of the hardest entries in the series to play, as it’s locked on PS2 in the west, and is one of the rarer titles in the series. On the other hand I’ve been playing through it for the first time recently, and am wondering if I should drop it and move on. Boohoo me.
It’s nice to hear that Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be using Yakuza 6‘s engine. The first Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the first game, used the same engine as Yakuza 0. It’s nice to see the remakes evolve alongside the new entries in the series, rather than just building on the 0 engine (though the 0 engine might be our favourite so hm…).
Yakuza 2 was originally released on PlayStation 2 in 2006. That’s 11 years ago, because I can do very basic maths. Later, it was released in HD on PlayStation 3 alongside the first Yakuza in 2012, but in Japan only, and then Wii U in 2013.
At the time, Yakuza 2 was a big step up from the still great first game. It pretty much did the same things in the same way with an all around coat of polish — faster load times, more fluid movement, those sort of things. The game takes Kiryu to Osake as well as Kamurocho this time around, where he must settle conflict between the Tojo clan and the Omi clan.
Yakuza 2 is also the one with the legendary man baby mission.
Yakuza 2 will be releasing on PlayStation 4 at some point, and should be officially announced very soon.