Fresh details on SEGA’s upcoming Yakuza 5 have surfaced in the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation (via Andriasang).
First and foremost, Dengeki shed some light on the character of Haruka, who has appeared in the franchise since its inception, albeit in a non-playable capacity. Here however, she’ll be fully playable, though as you might have imagined won’t be getting into a spot of fisticuffs on the streets.
Instead, series head honcho Toshihiro Nagoshi confirmed that Haruka will take part in her own battles, details of which are being kept under wraps. However, it definitely won’t be brawling with street thugs.
Furthermore, as she’s underage, Haruka also won’t be allowed to participate in other adult-oriented shenanigans, including the host club feature. On the flip side, Nagoshi confirmed she’ll have access to her own unique play spots that Kiryu-san and other male protagonists won’t be able to indulge in.
Elsewhere, it was also revealed that Yakuza 5’s scenario packs roughly twice as much the volume of its predecessor.
Yakuza 5 is due out exclusively on PlayStation 3 in winter 2012.