Yakuza 0

Yakuza 0 (龍が如く0 誓いの場所 Ryū ga Gotoku Zero, Chikai No Basho?, lit. "Like a Dragon 0: The Place of Oath"; Chinese: 人中之龍0 誓言的場所) is a prequel to the Yakuza series of video games. It is set in December 1988 in the games' staple location of Kamurocho, a fictionalized recreation of Tokyo's Kabukicho and Shinjuku Golden Gai areas. It was released in Japan for PlayStation 3and PlayStation 4 on 12 March 2015,[2][3] with the Taiwanese version released on 14 May 2015.

A free accompanying game application for PlayStation Vita, titled Ryū ga Gotoku 0: Free to Play Application for PlayStation Vita (龍が如く0 基本無料アプリ for PlayStation Vita?), was released on 26 February 2015.[3]

On December 5, 2015, Sega announced that Yakuza 0 would be released in the Americas in 2017, with no current plans for release in Europe. At a later date, however, they announced a simultaneous US/European release January 24th, 2017.

Development Edit

The game was first announced in a special Yakuza event on 24 August 2014 together with a trailer.[6] A Chinese-language localisation of the game was announced in 2014 and eventually released in Asia in May 2015.

On December 5, 2015, at PlayStation Experience 2015 in San Francisco, Sony Computer Entertainment's Gio Corsi announced thatYakuza 0 will be coming to the Americas for the PlayStation 4. While a trailer for the game was released that ends with the statement that it will be releasing in North America and Europe, later that day Sega posted a tweet, on Twitter, saying "We know the Yakuza series is loved by all its fans in Europe but unfortunately at this time we're not able to confirm a Yakuza 0 EU release". Since then that same trailer is now on YouTube with that same statement at the end but with the word Europe removed.

Reception Edit

Yakuza 0 debuted at number 1 on the Japan software chart in its first week of release. The PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4 version sold 146,000 units and 90,000 sales respectively.[7] PlayStation LifeStyle's review of the PS4 version was a 9/10, calling it the best in the series and "the result of 10 years spent not just perfecting a formula, but adding to it."[8] The game received a 36/40 fromFamitsu on both platforms.[9]

Sales Edit

As of June 2015, the game has sold over 500,000 copies within Japan and Chinese-speaking regions of Asia.[10] Sega president Haruki Satomi stated that the Chinese version of the game sold more than originally expected.[11]

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