Yakuza 3 on the PS3 plus Bonus Content

After much fan demand the Yakuza series will be making its way to the PS3 out of Japan almost uncut. Being released exclusively on the PS3 on March 12th this is what the fans wanted the most, along with a possible Yakuza 4 release! For those unfamiliar with the Yakuza series, here’s the official description from Sega Europe:

The Yakuza series is the brainchild of Toshihiro Nagoshi, one of SEGA’s most prolific and successful internal developers. Along with the Yakuza saga, Nagoshi is the father of the beloved Super Monkey Ball series and has worked on other popular SEGA games such as Daytona USA, F-Zero GX and Spikeout. In his current role as Head of Research and Development, Nagoshi oversees SEGA’s internal development teams and imbues his creative flair across their portfolio of titles.

“Yakuza 3 was one of the most requested titles for localisation by our European SEGA community, so we are delighted to be able to fulfil their wishes with this announcement.” said Gary Knight, European Marketing Director, SEGA Europe Ltd. “As well as delving even further into the rich narrative of the Yakuza universe, the development team have pushed the PlayStation 3 hardware to the limits to produce a beautiful and startlingly realistic depiction of the Japanese underworld.”

Yakuza 3 will feature full English subtitling, whilst retaining the outstanding voice acting from the original Japanese version of the game to create an authentic and immersive experience. The transition to the PlayStation 3 has allowed SEGA of Japan’s CS1 team to add an unprecedented level of environmental detail and realism to the game – a hallmark of the series that fans have come to expect. In this action-adventure sequel, players will take on the role of Kiryu Kazuma to explore rich and realistic environments, take part in a multitude of unique mini-games and experience the deepest combat experience yet. In addition to the familiar Tokyo haunts from the first two games, fans will also discover a completely new setting in the tropical island of Okinawa where, accompanied by his adoptive daughter Haruka, Kazuma is running an orphanage. However, he is allowed no respite in this idyllic retreat and before long he is once again forced to deal with his sordid past.

Even better news is that special bonus content has been announced as well which will be included with Yakuza 3!

SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced that Yakuza™ 3 will be released in an exclusive premium edition pack when it hits shelves on 12th March 2010. The pack will include the following pieces of compelling content:

• 4 pieces of DLC

1. Battle for Survival – Take on all the bosses of Yakuza 3 as Kazuma

2. All-Star Tournament (7 character tournament)

3. All-Star Tag Tournament (8 team tournament)

4. Haruka’s Request – This unique series of challenge missions will send you on a task of exploration throughout the entire Yakuza world, playing mini-games and entertaining Haruka.

• 31 track soundtrack

• Yakuza Who’s Who – learn how all the characters are connected and who turned from rivals to allies in this fully animated guide

In addition to this, consumers who pre-order the game will receive the Challenge Pack which will allow them to enjoy 2 player mini games, competing against their friends at Pool, Bowling, Darts and Golf. They will also be able to customise their principle characters with four alternative costumes for Kazuma, Haruka and Rikiya.

Making its first appearance exclusively on the PlayStation 3 platform, the rich story and vibrant world of Yakuza 3 lets players engage in intense, brutal clashes within the streets of Okinawa, and the vibrant and often dangerous city of Tokyo where only the strongest will survive.

Yakuza 3 will be available exclusively on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system on 12th March 2010.