Sega will be remastering Yakuza 3, 4, and 5, with Yakuza 3 set to release on August 9th in Japan, as it was reported in Dengeki PlayStation and Weekly Famitsu. These latest remasters will update the entire Yakuza library to be playable on the PS4, albeit not in English. All of the remasters will run at 60 frames-per-second and run in 1080p resolution with the development of the Yakuza 3 remaster currently 90 percent complete. There’s no word yet on any English releases. More information will come in the issue of Weekly Famitsu releasing in a couple of days. In the meantime, Japan will get their hands on Yakuza 3 on August 9th, while will retail for around 4000 yen.
Yakuza 3 continues the saga of Kazuma Kiryu and Haruka Sawamura, as they attempt to start a new life on Okinawa. There, Kazuma returns to the Morning Glory orphanage, where they plan to hide out and let the events of the previous two games blow over. Before long though, Kazuma has a run in with Goro Majima and several other figures from his past. Soon after, he finds himself drawn back into the world of crime he was so desperate to leave behind.
As recently as late April, Sega had not publicly committed to remaking the PS3-era Yakuza games. Series producer Daisuke Saito clearly thought there was a market for the remasters, even after the “slightly unsatisfactory” sales of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life in Japan. Still, with the strong sales and reception of Yakuza Kiwami and Kiwami 2, remastering the older Yakuza games was not a question of if, but when. With any luck, should the Yakuza 3 remaster come West, we’ll get our hands on the uncut experience this time. Several reviewers noted that a number of minigames and other side content was excised for the North American release. Given how true Sega has remained to the original games in the Kiwami remakes, we can hope this is the case. Yakuza 3 Remastered launches on August 9th in Japan.