Yakuza 0 officially launches exclusively for PS4 on January 24.
The prequel to the famous action adventure game will feature a young Kazuma Kiryu as he makes a name for himself in the yakuza. Other characters from the franchise’s past, like Goro Majima, will also make an appearance.
Localization of Yakuza 0 will be handled a bit differently than previous entries of the franchise according to the game’s localization producer, Scott Strichart. Here are the changes Strichart says the team will be making:
“I’ll start with saying that, for the first time since Yakuza 2 back on PS2, we’re actually putting all the chapter titles, character introductions, opponent names, and on-screen directions in English, instead of just subtitling the kanji. This might seem like a pretty small change, but I think when you get to play the game, you’ll really feel the difference!”
“Secondly, and this is sometimes controversial, but hear me out — we’re maintaining general-use honorifics in the English script. We’re leaving the original Japanese voices intact for the authenticity that only a Japanese voice actor could bring to a yakuza experience, so we took the opportunity to bring the subtitles you’re reading closer to what you’re actually hearing the characters say. Beyond just marrying the subtitles to the spoken word, the honorifics actually play a pretty important role in understanding the respect (or lack thereof) characters have for each other. I think you’ll really see how much more this adds to the story when you get to play it!”
Yakuza 0 will be available physically and digitally. You can pre-order your copy today on the game’s newly launched website.
Source: PlayStation Blog