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Yakuza 6 release date announced for Japan

SEGA has announced a Yakuza 6 release date for Japanese territories, confirming the action-RPG sequel will arrive in shops there on December 8, 2016. 

The PlayStation 4-exclusive title will retail in Japan for 8,190 yen, and is known on its home turf as Yakuza 6: Inochi no Uta (Poetry of Life). 

According to a new trailer for the game (seen below), the game will also be “The final chapter of the legend of Kazuma Kiryu.”

Yakuza 6 has not yet been confirmed for a western release, although given the fact SEGA has localised the last few games for the U.S. and Europe, we expect this latest instalment to do the same. 

The Yakuza franchise, known as Ryu ga Gotoku in Japan (Like a Dragon), originally launched on the PlayStation 2 back in 2005. The game was released in Europe the following year, with Yakuza 2 also arriving in the west in 2008. 

While a commercial success in Japan, the series failed to set tills alight in the U.S. and Europe, resulting in a number of delays in some of the mainline titles getting localised. Furthermore, spin-off titles such as Yakuza: Kenzan and Yakuza: Ishin did not see the light of day outside of Japan.

Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 did eventually make the transition to western gamers, and SEGA has confirmed that Yakuza Zero will also arrive in the U.S. and Europe at some point in 2017.

The series has sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide.