As you may already know, Toshihiro Nagoshi's been giving a few hints about the possibility of a Yakuza 4 demo on his blog in recent weeks, well today Sega announced that a demo will hit PSN in Japan on March 5th
Players will be able to play two sequences: Story Mode and 4-Type Battle Mode.
- Battle mode offers a set of battles using the game's four main characters. Players will be able to see how the characters differ.
- Story mode gives you control of Shun Akiyama, the first character you control in the game proper. You'll be able to try out the beginning of his story.
Those wanting to try out some of Yakuza 4's side games will be able to do so in the story part of the demo. This part will include karaoke, game centre and the hostess club sequences. Additionally, you'll be able to head to an Onsen (- natural spring) to play ping pong with a hostess. I can't imagine why ^^... Sadly, the awesome looking boxing sections will not be included in the demo : (
Yakuza 4 will have something called, "Kakutouka wo Tsukurou!" , which translates loosely to "Let's Make Make a Fighter!", a name play on Sega's Japanese "Let's Make a XXX" sports series.
The goal of this side game is to train your fighter to win a "Newcomers Tournament" which is held in the game's underground fighting dojo. You can create a practice menu and can also assign direct training exercises to your student. Your responsibilities will extend beyond the ring also, because you'll need to go drinking with your fighters in order to strengthen your bond with them. If you manage to make your fighter rise to the top of the championships, you'll be able to team up with him in the underground battle arena for some tag team action.
He looks like he could sink a fair few...
Yakuza 4 hits Japanese stores on March 18th.