Yakuza 5 is about a goddamn zombie invasion. I'm serious.

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#1 Posted by vidiot (2737 posts) -
From Kotaku. 
 

 

Yakuza is Sega's crime saga. The upcoming entry will have zombies in it. Yeah.

The first image Sega showed of upcoming Yakuza game, Yakuza: Of The End, depicted the in-game Kamurocho, the in-game version of Shinjuku's Kabukicho, in ruins.

The game's designer said that the theme for Of The End was "destruction". A more apt theme is "bwah?"

The initial image of the destroyed urban landscape seemed to look more like a natural disaster. The destruction, however, appears to have been caused by zombies. The latest issue of Japanese game magazine Famitsu confirms the inclusion of zombies in Yakuza: Of The End.

The game is set in April 2011, when the walking dead appear on the streets of Kamurocho. The Self Defense Force quarantines the area, and it becomes a fight to survive.

The scans show the Japanese Self Defense Force attempting to handle a horde of zombies. There appears to be either a tank or some sort of armored vehicle enveloped by zombies. Other scans show the city landscape in shambles. The outside of a sushi restaurant is destroyed.

The other scans are gunplay heavy, depicting Yakuza series hero Kazuma Kiryu mowing down zombies with machine guns. Another Yakuza character, Ryuushi Gouda, has a mechanical hand that transforms into machine gun.

Another screenshot shows what looks like is a giant rock monster.

The game's designer, Toshihiro Nagoshi, tells Famitsu that this is not the last Yakuza title. He did add that if this game was not a hit, then it might be the end of Yakuza games. So he is trying hard to make the best title he can. Nagoshi would not say whether Of The End is a numbered entry in the Yakuza series or whether it was a spin-off.

Of The End? This is the end of the Yakuza series as we know it. Though, if this game does feature zombie hostesses, perhaps we would be willing to overlook this totally off-the-wall direction the series is taking.

 Give me a second while I collect the parts of my mind that have exploded. Allow me to decree this is probably the biggest "WTF announcement" so far in the year. As a long time fan of the series, I both embrace and am pretty weirded out by it. This is definity a situation where we will have to wait for the final product to make judgment. There's a part of me that hate's the huge tonal shift, and at the same time: I can totally picture Kazuma ripping out a zombie's intestines.... and curb stomping it.
 
I gotta ask: What's your opinion? Especially long-term fans. I'm actually really interested to hear everyone's two-cents.
#2 Posted by Daveyo520 (6652 posts) -

I just heard about this from someone.

#3 Posted by JJWeatherman (14557 posts) -

Nuts. Dumb. 
 
My opinion has been sufficiently expressed.

#4 Posted by thaijedi (139 posts) -

I've heard Canadian Japanese zombies are the craziest, so this looks pretty tame to me :)

#5 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3482 posts) -

Zombies are so 'in' right now :I

#6 Posted by JJOR64 (18908 posts) -

Well, it does have the name Yakuza in it so it will probably sell well in Japan.

#7 Posted by Detrian (1126 posts) -

So it's like an even more japanese dead rising.

#8 Posted by Soap (3564 posts) -

oooooooooooook. Consider my interest levels dead.

#9 Posted by niamahai (1405 posts) -

1st VC3 on PSP.
 
Now this?
 
Who the hell is running things at Sega now?!!??!?!?!/

#10 Posted by TwoLines (2788 posts) -
@Soap said:
" oooooooooooook. Consider my interest levels dead. "
You mean UN-dead, right?
Ahahaha, hahahahaha, haha.. haha.. ha.. ha..
 
:(
#11 Posted by Fratteker (26 posts) -

I love this. The Yakuza games are some of the least wacky stuff that Japan puts out and the idea of them spending the last 5 or 6 years building up that reputation and then deciding "NO, FUCK IT - ZOMBIES." That's awesome.

#12 Posted by vidiot (2737 posts) -
@Fratteker said:
" I love this. The Yakuza games are some of the least wacky stuff that Japan puts out and the idea of them spending the last 5 or 6 years building up that reputation and then deciding "NO, FUCK IT - ZOMBIES." That's awesome. "
I'm copying this quote for future reference because I almost fell out of my chair laughing at it. That's pretty much a terrifyingly accurate description to what I'm thinking about now.
#13 Posted by Kifftopher (33 posts) -
@vidiot said:
" @Fratteker said:
" I love this. The Yakuza games are some of the least wacky stuff that Japan puts out and the idea of them spending the last 5 or 6 years building up that reputation and then deciding "NO, FUCK IT - ZOMBIES." That's awesome. "
I'm copying this quote for future reference because I almost fell out of my chair laughing at it. That's pretty much a terrifyingly accurate description to what I'm thinking about now. "
dittodittoditto, this is insane. Ellaborate April fools joke even though I don't think the Japanese do April fools?
#14 Posted by aliss (81 posts) -

hell ya! RGG3 is fun but too much fetch quests for a fucking dog at orphanage. bring on zombies and dude with Takeshi Miike machine gun arm

#15 Posted by paradox121 (317 posts) -
@Fratteker said:
" I love this. The Yakuza games are some of the least wacky stuff that Japan puts out and the idea of them spending the last 5 or 6 years building up that reputation and then deciding "NO, FUCK IT - ZOMBIES." That's awesome. "
I have this picture of them all sitting around a table going:
Developer #1: So, a new Yakuza game, ideas?
Developer # 2: Well, in number 3 he had kids. How about we give him some pets, and then one of the pet dies and....
Developer # 1: I like it, I like it, keep it coming.
Developer # 2 : And then uh, the other pet turns rogue so uh....umm...
SILENCE
Developer # 3: Fuck it lets just do zombies.
Developers #1+2: Zombies!!!
#16 Posted by Cube (4366 posts) -

This is pretty stupid but sort of awesome. 
 
STUPID AWESOME (but more stupid)

#17 Posted by Axersia (1613 posts) -

One of the guys working on the game said there probably won't be a Yakuza 6 if this game doesn't perform well, so I'm a little surprised they're taking the series in a direction that probably doesn't appeal to Japanese people. There's really no reason for them to cater to Western audiences as the Yakuza games are probably the worst-selling Japanese games in the West.

#18 Posted by Lukeweizer (2608 posts) -
@vidiot: How is a game about zombies mind blowing? Everyone's fucking doing it. Don't be surprised if Barbie Horse Adventures 2 has zombie horses.
#19 Posted by Brendan (7687 posts) -

Sega has offically run out of ideas, and is now going spray and pray all over their whiteboards. 
#20 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

I dig moves like this. They are just indulging themselves, which they totally deserve after all that they have created. I say good for them, and this sounds awesome. It wasn't that much less ridiculous before. In fact, I'd say this is way less absurd in the west than any of the other games.

#21 Posted by Ghostiet (5224 posts) -
@Lukeweizer said:
" @vidiot: How is a game about zombies mind blowing? Everyone's fucking doing it. Don't be surprised if Barbie Horse Adventures 2 has zombie horses. "
That, actually, would be absolutely fucking rad.
#22 Posted by m1k3 (1325 posts) -

technically this isn't Yakuza '5'. during the sony press conference at tgs, the logo didn't have the '5' at all. i think its more of a spin off.

#23 Posted by biospank (648 posts) -

the trailer looked cool so why caint it be an awesome game?

#24 Edited by Mr_Faraday (241 posts) -

Yah im pretty sure this a spin-off like the feudal japan Yakuza.
#25 Posted by Jimbo (9772 posts) -

Hey maybe it'll sell in America now.

#26 Posted by Jeffmoocow (123 posts) -

Sounds like a terrible idea, but I've enjoyed the other Yakuza games a lot so hopefully this game won't suck.

#27 Posted by Pinworm45 (4088 posts) -

Good, cause it's not like there's enough zombies already or anything.

#28 Posted by NickLott (792 posts) -

There's no shortage of Zombie games so this seems like a huge cash grab. I enjoyed the Yakuza series because they were well done games that were fairly ground level game approaches to organized crime in Japan. This is disappointing and pandering. 

#29 Posted by vidiot (2737 posts) -
@Lukeweizer: The point is not the zombies. The point is that the Yakuza franchise, a franchise for five titles (including Kenzan) has built up a reputation for having it's storyline being grounded in real-world, is now throwing it's hands in the air and doing zombies. Thematically, the Yakuza franchise and zombies couldn't be farther away from each other. 
Mechanically on the other hand, I could totally see it working. :P
 
It's called context. Trust me, this is a big WTF.
#30 Posted by Onigenko (335 posts) -

The only Yakuza game I played was Yakuza 3, and I really liked it. I also like zombies, so I'm totally into this. 
 
So... are the massage and hostess minigames included?

#31 Posted by blazerx9x (648 posts) -

Dude, that`s awesome

#32 Posted by sate2801 (344 posts) -

guess they can rename the title into Left 4 Yakuza?

#33 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -

so i punch zombies to death HELL YA!

#34 Posted by biospank (648 posts) -

its a spin off like kenzan

#35 Edited by Rxanadu (504 posts) -

My first thought after seeing this was,

  That was also my first indication that this was not cannon.  The idea of zombies is ok for me, since this obviously isn't cannon.  Much like Kenzan!, this is just a crazy spin-off of the series.  Now, all I want to know is whether Chuck Greene or Frank West are in this.  It would be hilarious if they tried to tie this into the Dead Rising series.
#36 Edited by Rxanadu (504 posts) -
@m1k3: Yeah, it's not cannon.  I mean,

I actually remember Sega announcing another game aside from this and the PSP title.  My guess is the actual story will continue with that one.
 
Also, for those who are too lazy to find the actual trailer on YouTube:  
 
 
#37 Posted by eroticfishcake (7782 posts) -

That's surprising alright considering the series. Still, it sounds more like a spin off like the way they made that Feudal Japan Yakuza game. I dunno, it's weird but I kinda dig it in a way.

#38 Posted by Jadeskye (4366 posts) -

wow. Couldn't have called this!

#39 Posted by MikkaQ (10268 posts) -

This is... I dunno what this is, but if there's good mafia melodrama mixed among the zombie plot, and I can smash a bicycle on a zombie's face... i'm cool with it.

#40 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (3019 posts) -

Alright, I'm going to say this is awesome.  The thing I love most about Japan is all their crazy, and this is several new kinds of it.

#41 Edited by GunstarRed (5025 posts) -

As long as you can stomp on a zombies face, and i'm pretty certain you'll be able to, I'm in! Yakuza 3 is totally nuts despite being grounded in some level of reality but I can totally see how zombies would work in that game... It's a shame zombies are kinda boring now.
#42 Posted by eroticfishcake (7782 posts) -

Is this game getting a Western release by any chance?

#43 Posted by GunnBjorn (2911 posts) -

''The last Yakuza game didn't do too well. Lets put zombies in this one, 'cause zombie games are quite popular at the moment.''
#44 Posted by Rek503 (124 posts) -

I'm sure all of this is canon.

#45 Posted by DonutFever (3550 posts) -

Ryoji's Arm-Gun was just hilarious. I just hope this ends with it just being Haruka's dream or some such shit.

#46 Posted by DonutFever (3550 posts) -
@GunnBjorn said:
" ''The last Yakuza game didn't do too well. Lets put zombies in this one, 'cause zombie games are quite popular at the moment.'' "
They all did pretty good in Japan.
#47 Posted by the_r0n1n_named_47 (158 posts) -
@vidiot:  ummmmm so not ryu ga gotoku 5 (yakuza 5) it is just a spin off like ryu ga gotoku kenzan (which was never released in the US....nor was the psp one eiter...darn)
#48 Posted by Hailinel (23891 posts) -
@eroticfishcake said:
" Is this game getting a Western release by any chance? "
Well, it's questionable when the game will see release at all.  The game was postponed after the earthquake and tsunami, and Sega hasn't yet stated when they plan to reschedule the Japanese release, and until that happens, there's no telling when or if an international release will follow.
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#49 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -
@Hailinel said:
" @eroticfishcake said:
" Is this game getting a Western release by any chance? "
Well, it's questionable when the game will see release at all.  The game was postponed after the earthquake and tsunami, and Sega hasn't yet stated when they plan to reschedule the Japanese release, and until that happens, there's no telling when or if an international release will follow. "
I thought they straight up canceled it?
#50 Posted by Rapid (1346 posts) -

spin off like Yakuza Kenzan! (Yakuza character set In the  Tokugawa Period 1600's)

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