Yakuza: Of The End Coming to North America and Europe

Japanesse game company Sega has recently announced that its best-selling PS 3-exclusive action adventure game Yakuza: Of The End will be released in both North America and Europe as Yakuza: Dead Souls in March 2012.  The game is the sixth installment in the Yakuza series. The game’s concept and keyword is "destruction"; a promotional image for the game showed the series’ main locale, Kamurocho, in ruins. Leaked scans of the Famitsu issue released on September 16, the first day of the 2010 Tokyo Game Show, revealed that the game would be set during a zombie outbreak in Kamurocho and reportedly after the events of Yakuza 4. The game was originally scheduled for release in Japan on March 17, 2011 two days after the release of Yakuza 4 in North America; however, after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the release was indefinitely delayed. A new release date, setting the game’s release for June 9, was announced on April 7.

The game is set during a zombie outbreak in Kamurocho, a big departure from the storyline of the series to this point. The game is set during April 2011, when the residents of Kamurocho have become zombies. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force was called in to contain the outbreak, but were unsuccessful. Now only one soldier remains alive, Misuzu Asagi. After receiving a phone call from a mysterious man who has kidnapped Haruka, Kiryu returns from Okinawa. Now, four men are the only hope – the mysterious money-lender Shun Akiyama, feared yakuza and construction company owner "Mad Dog" Goro Majima, the Dragon of Kansai who has finally awoken from a long sleep, Ryuji Goda, and the legendary former yakuza, Kazuma Kiryu. These four men are the only people who can defend the town, and must fight to save it.

The game features multiple playable main characters. Kazuma Kiryu, the series’ main protagonist since the first game, returns, as well as Goro Majima, also a series regular since the first installment. Ryuji Goda of Yakuza 2 and Shun Akiyama, one of the four main characters in Yakuza 4, are also playable characters

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