Rejoice, fans of Sega’s unique series of Japanese mobster games. Yakuza: Kiwami 2 has gotten a new ESRB rating for Windows, meaning a PC release is not far off. Yakuza: Kiwami 2 follows Yakuza 0 and Yakuza: Kiwami in making the leap to Windows PCs, which means we’ll soon be able to play the next chapter in Kazuma Kiryu’s violent but oddly charming story.
Yakuza: Kiwami 2 is a remake of 2006’s Yakuza 2, and it follows Kiryu as he’s called back into action after the assassination of the Tojo Clan’s fifth chairman. The Kiwami 2 version uses the same Dragon engine first seen in Yakuza 6, and includes new material that covers the story of uber-cool eyepatch-wearer Goro Majima. Kiwami 2 also brings back the popular cabaret club management mini-game from Yakuza 0 and the clan creator system from Yakuza 6.
Of course, the meat and potatoes of the Yakuza series is its third-person beat-’em-up action, and Kiwami 2 naturally includes a lot of this kind of thing. The new ESRB rating for PC (which is identical to the board’s PlayStation 4 rating from 2017) provides an idea of what’s in store: “Characters use knives, pipes, and swords during combat and can trigger scripted special attacks (e.g., bashing heads into walls; stabbing enemies with a knife; ripping off nails and teeth with pliers) after successfully building up an attack meter. Combat is accompanied by screams of pain, large blood-splatter effects, and close-up camera angles.”