More screenshots than you could ever want for Yakuza 5

Published by Daniel Bennifer on October 26, 2015 4:43 pm
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SEGA lets out a bombardment of screenshots for Yakuza 5, ahead of release later this year on PlayStation Network.

SEGA has sent over a fresh batch of screenshots for Yakuza 5, the fifth entry into the beloved franchise which explores the seedy criminal underworld of Japan through the lives of five unique, but interconnected protagonists. This is one title that’s been a heck of a long time coming.

It initially released back in Japan in 2012 under the name Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume Kanaeshi Mono, which translates to Like a Dragon 5: Fulfiller of Dreams. That’s quite some time, to say the least! And, as soon as it released in the country, people started to beg for its release in the west. It happens every time a new entry arrives.

Yet, SEGA has taken an incredibly long time with the process for Yakuza 5. In comparison, Yakuza 4 released in Japan in 2010 and was out in North America and Europe a year later. It’s disappointing it has taken so long – as the game is aging already, as so many do, what with the graphical leap of the next-generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 upon us.

However, that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be an anticipated game for many – including myself – and for good reason. The Yakuza franchise is best-known for its rather incredible storytelling prowess. It never fails to disappoint – and even so, it’s still not a terrible game to look at, either.

There’s a good reason as to why the franchise has remained so strong since its initial debut, in my opinion. It’s because the original creator of the Yakuza series, Toshihiro Nagoshi, has remained on board all this time – in some capacity.

The game, which was dubbed as a fresh start for the series by the development team, after the release of Yakuza: Dead Souls, had a two-year development cycle – whereas previous releases into the series, had a single year.

To meet the vision of the studio, an entirely new graphics engine had to be developed to power the title – whereas, previous instalments had been reusing the same Magical-V Engine since Yakuza 3, which released back in 2009.

Now, I’ll be honest, the majority of the screenshots are incredibly bland. Why some of these were chosen to be released, when they show very little, we’re not entirely sure.

Yakuza 5 will be available before the year’s end exclusively as a digital download through the PlayStation Network. It will not see a physical release at retail in either the United States, the United Kingdom or mainland Europe.

Stay tuned to GizLine for future updates, trailers and screenshots pertaining to the release of Yakuza 5. Be sure to check out the screenshots below.

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