After a surprise drop on the PlayStation Store, SEGA announced the immediate release of The Yakuza Remastered Collection at Gamescom.
Well, sort of an immediate release. The entire collection can be purchased now, but its individual games will become available over time. Yakuza 3 is playable now while Yakuza 4 will unlock on October 29, 2019, and Yakuza 5 will unlock on February 11, 2020. Once all three become available, the entire series from 0 through 6 will be available on PS4.
Currently, the game is only available digitally but there will be a limited physical release for The Yakuza Collection: Day One Edition. This physical edition will be released in tandem with the Yakuza 5 remaster on February 11, 2020. This edition even includes a PS3 case for Yakuza 5, which didn't get a Western physical release.
Over the past few years, the series has received remakes of its first two entries in Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2. Needless to say, there have since been rumors of a continuation of further Kiwami-style remakes, but SEGA has instead opted for less-extensive remasters for Yakuza 3, 4 and 5, which makes sense considering their relative newness.
While the three games included in the collection haven’t been Kiwami-fied, they've undergone a number of changes. All three have been upped from 720p at 30fps to 1080p at 60fps. They have also gone through a “rigorous re-localization process,” with the English scripts having been rewritten in some places.
Content cut from previous Western releases of the games will be present in the collection. This includes activities such as the operation of a massage parlor and shogi in Yakuza 3. Players will also now be able to choose between English and Japanese written lyrics when singing karaoke.
As of now, the collection is restricted to PlayStation 4, but there is hope for a PC version. Speaking to VG 247, series producer Daisuke Sato said that he couldn't comment right now on a PC version but expanded a bit saying, "…but I wouldn’t say it won’t ever happen.".
The physical Day One Edition is available for preorder from the Yakuza website, and you can check out The Yakuza Remastered Collection announcement trailer below.