Yakuza Restoration’s Ryoma Is So Strong, He’ll Carry An Entire Cannon Into Fights

By Eugene . January 8, 2014 . 10:28am


The new video demonstration from Yakuza Restoration producer Masayoshi Yokoyama and designer Shinnosuke Hirasawa is live, and in it comes news on how leveling up and weapon forging work. It also features Ryoma wielding some exotic weaponry, including a… chikuwa (also called by some a fishcake).


One of the cool new things is an orb system for players to utilize while leveling. These orbs will be put into a specific fighting style, progressively unlocking various special moves and abilities including the heat gauge action specials. Yes, it did remind us of  It seems that you’ll be able to “try out” some skills by using a differently-colored white orb, which lets you use a skill as if you’ve unlocked it already.


The white orb can then be used in another tree if you so choose. Colored orbs however, must be used to replace a white orb if you want to move a white orb elsewhere and you’ve already leveled into the next skill.


At about the 4 minute mark, they also indicate that not everything will be unlocked primarily with levelling orbs. Some skills will have to be taught by masters while playing the game, with some quest rewards giving you special skills. Whether you’ll be able to unlock them all or have to stick with a single “school” of fight specials isn’t very clear, though we doubt they’d lock you in like that.



As mentioned before, you can upgrade your weapons through blacksmithing as well. This can be done by bringing your weapon alongside the necessary crafting components to the blacksmith, and you’ll acquire these components in various places throughout the game. This will generally turn a weapon into its next better form. Players can also choose to enhance the weapon itself, whereupon a spinning wheel will appear. You have to time it just right to try and hit the “Gold” or 金 kanji in order to get the biggest bonus, but even bronze will give a small benefit.


We’ve also known that when forging weapons, especially guns, you’ll be able to add special effects to them. The video shows off a segment where they’re adding easier aim to the Model 2 gun. Even though they get a bronze upgrade, it still carries through with the new effect. More importantly, weapons will have anywhere from none to several slots for adding such customizations in. Higher starred weapons obviously get more slots to add things like…



This flaming katana that looks suspiciously like Shishio’s from Rurouni Kenshin.



Even better is when Ryoma whips out and fires off multiple rounds from an actual cannon (Where the hell does he keep that on him?!?!) It’s gotta be seen to be believed. Also a needs to be seen to be believed—they’re changing the we-don’t-really-know-why-they’re-there-either background ladies in their next gameplay video as well. This is, apparently, a big enough thing that they needed to tell us in the video.


Yakuza Restoration will be out February 22nd 2014 for both PlayStation 3 and 4. Don’t forget there’s a kickass Vita app for it as well.

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  • Nanaki

    Who do we talk to about this getting localized?

    • Wodki


      • Cheesy12

        No no no, that obviously doesn’t work ;P

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          If the games had sold well it would work .

          • brwcrw

            Seeing as they brought over the first 4, with even Dead Souls making it over, sales really couldn’t have been that bad.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Seeing as how they didn’t bring over 5 or the spin i think so. Considering the niche argument is off the table since they did bring over project diva

          • brwcrw

            The Sega CCO has said they didn’t bring over 5 because their team is focused on getting this game out as a PS4 launch title. He even said he was interested in releasing this outside of Japan if they could get the funds/man power to do so.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            yukuza 5 was made in 2012.

          • brwcrw

            Yes, and? Its been out for a little more than a year, and Im sure they’ve been working on Restoration for most, if not all of that time.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            I’m sure they’ve been working on restoration before 5 that really doesn’t explain why the western localization didn’t come over however.
            If he didn’t even have “Yep it’s coming over to you guys” yet why would localizing the game hinder the game’s develop in a country it does relatively well in.

          • Pyrofrost

            The very end of 2012 (12-6).

            And to be fair, that game is immensely more massive than anything in the series before it.
            It’s simply not an option till Ishin is finished and out the door.

            >>why would localizing the game hinder the game’s develop in a country it does relatively well in.<<

            During the localization process, "final copies" (text, recording, and etc; after editing) are sent back to the developers to program into the game. It may seem meaningless, but it does require resources and time.
            (This, by the way, is the very reason Grand Knights History never saw it's Western release. Even though it was officially announced, and the localization process on XSEED's part, was complete.)

      • Weeb

        I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

  • dahuuuundge

    Now I can finally grab people by their katana and tell them to back off

  • Pyrofrost

    This game is looking great!
    Only about 6 more weeks ^_^

  • k.b.a.

    looks like i’ll finally play yakuza

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