Yakuza Restoration Story Trailer Depicts The Life Of Meiji Era Swordsmen

By Ishaan . October 4, 2013 . 2:02pm

Sega have shared a lengthy story trailer for Yakuza Restoration, the upcoming Yakuza game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, set in the Meiji Era.



Yakuza Restoration suggests a story in which Kazuma Kiryuu is a Meiji-era swordsman named Ryoma Sakamoto, who manages to work his way into the Shinsengumi, using the name Saito Hajime. The game will feature four battle styles and RPG elements.


Yakuza Restoration is slated for release on February 22nd, 2014 in Japan.

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  • Learii

    sega better bring this to the west or else I spam on their facebook or twitter anyone with me?

    • Foxeh Shihōin

      fyi, sonic fans do this with sonic adventure 3.

    • Kyle Fedora

      Sadly, seems like they’re not going to. The CCO has stated they’re not bringing Yakuza 5 over and Ishin isn’t planned. Also last week they took down all the official Yakuza sites outside of Japan.

      • Learii

        oh sega I wish I could just burn their whole company down

  • eilegz

    hopefully we can see battousai kimura as a final boss #Kappa

  • Masa

    Want this game so much so i’m not going to watch the trailer though as i’d want it even more and there is no way Sega will bring this to the West.

    To think i used to love Sega, 2013 that all turned around, hate them now.

  • Longsun_Zhao

    I want this more than Yakuza 5, now that I see more of it.

  • AkuLord3

    Another Trailer making me want the game…also Dat Church Music

    • MrRobbyM

      Praise Sega

  • Cursingcomet

    Hope yakuza ishin and 5 gets localized. It’s such a waste not localizing
    such a great game but I’ll still buy it even if it doesn’t get localized. I don’t want to miss the fun.

  • leingod

    It kinda hurts to read all these cool news about stuff we won’t get :(

  • RaidenElric

    Never really was into the Yakuza franchise and its over the top gags but this meiji era setting and more serious tone is too damn awesome! I really hope they localize this. In fact it would be my most anticipated title next to FFXV(Versus 13) if they do so….

  • Namuro

    I’ve seen a lot of comments (probably from people who has never played the previous games), saying that they want this game to be like GTA, or Red Dead, with open world, free roaming on the horse back and things like that. This might just be the reason that the game didn’t really pick up in the west, because it got compared too much to other open world games? If that was the case, and SEGA decided to back off from competing in the western territory, that’d be pretty disheartening for fans all around…

    But localized or not. I MUST get this game next year!!

    P.S. The songs are amazing as always. Love it!

  • Ryujin

    This trailer made me put on my manface.

    I will now live my life as a man dedicated to the sword…and if Sega doesn’t localize this, they will be the ones I’ll point my blade at! *Cue dramatic music*

  • EinMugenTenshin

    Someone has to explain this to me, I’ve normally stayed away from the Yakuza brand as the name and pictures from it only makes me think “dumped down version of GTA”. But this looks both brilliant and has nothing to do with modern organized crime?

    • Daniel blue

      Yakuza has nothing to do with GTA, trust me.
      It’s sort of a cross between Shenmue and a 3D Streets of Rage with RPG elements. In my opinion, it’s incridibly charming – the towns aren’t trully open, but have meticulous attention to detail, combat is fun (if a little repetitive) and the story is full of sympathetic characters you actually care about.

      While GTA goes for a cynical and often satirical view of organized crime, Yakuza’s approach is to romanticize it (sort of like the Godfather movies’ portrayal of the Italian mafia as a bunch of good-natured, respectable family men), and it really makes the story feel more intimate and enjoyable – I hate playing as thugs in games, but Kazuma Kiryu is an absolutely nice, honorable fella, always helping people in need while beating the crap out of bad guys in the process. He’s awesome, and so are his games.

  • katamari damacy

    Why localize Dead Souls but not Yakuza 5, Kenzan, or Restoration? Dead Souls objectively sucked, to everyone, even in Japan.
    Thought that Atlus buy out would have taught them that these games do sell well outside japan if they’re good.

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