It wasn’t too long ago that players were worried that the Yakuza franchise would no longer be localized in North America and Europe. We only just got Yakuza 5 around eight months ago, three years after its release in Japan.
Well, the next installment into the franchise will be hitting the west a little quicker. Sega has announced today that Yakuza 0, a prequel to all of the events in the Yakuza franchise, will be hitting early next year. This takes us back to the 80s and puts you in the shoes of Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima before they were well known on the Yakuza ladder.
The PlayStation 4 exclusive will hit January 24, combating Resident Evil 7 for that time slot.