Entire Mainline Yakuza Series Coming to PlayStation Plus

Ichiban Kasuga raises an eyebrow and laughs funny in promotional art for Yakuza: Like A Dragon.

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Sony just announced that Sega is widely loved Yakuza series of criminal underworld sims withwill debut soon on its PlayStation Plus subscription service. The whole main series is actually coming up.

Today, Sony announced on its blog that the most important entries in the Yakuza series, which follows the story of Kazuma Kiryu in seven different titles, will be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers next month. Yakuza: like a dragonthat changes tempo to tell the story of Ichiban Kasuga – with a surprising move to turn-based combat – will also be of service.

However, not all of them come to everyone. Yakuza: like a dragon will be available on Essential, Extra and Premium subscription tiers, but Yakuza 0, Kiwamiand Kiwami 2 will only be available with Extra and Premium. Sony’s blog promises that the rest of the main series will be available later this year, but only in the Premium and Extra tiers.

(Sony’s blog post currently seems to have an error regarding which games are specifically available at which level. my box has contacted Sony for clarification.)

Yakuza first arrived on the PlayStation 2 way back in 2005. An open-world action-adventure game with RPG-like fighting mechanics, Yakuza introduced us to Kazuma Kiryu, a soulful mobster who gets swept up in a story of crime and violence. Seven more games would follow over the years, appearing on nearly every Xbox and Sony console since then, as well as PC. Remasters of the first two games, renamed Yakuza Kiwami and Kiwami 2, launched in 2016 and 2017.

The Yakuza series is legendary among fans for maintaining a standard of solid, memorable writing with a wide variety of features and side missions that allow players to get lost in seedy, beautifully designed city neighborhoods. The series doesn’t shy away from taking some risks, with the most recent entry providing a sharp pivot for turn-based combat on top of some hilarious story beats.

The inclusion of these popular games helps round out PlayStation Plus’s value proposition, with games like strayed, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergradeand tons Assassin’s Creed titles that also joined the service earlier this month. The layered structure has led to some confusionbut with more hit games arriving over time, the prospect of figuring it out will become much more appealing.

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