Sega announced Saturday during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event in Las Vegas, Nev. that Yakuza 5 is being localized for North America and Europe for a 2015 release.
Yakuza 5 will only be available as a digital download for the PlayStation 3 on the PlayStation Network across North America and Europe. Previously the game was only playable in Japan since its release in December 2011.
Yakuza 5 is one of the games included in Sony Computer Entertainment’s “Building the List” campaign where people can request third-party titles they want to see on PlayStation platforms. Sony Computer Entertainment is working with Sega to publish Yakuza 5 for the western territories.
The game continues the story of Kazuma Kiryu, the franchise’s main protagonist, and the organized crime world he’s entrenched in. Yakuza 5 has five playable characters with settings across five Japanese cities.
“Yakuza 5 is the largest and most definitive version of the Yakuza series,” Masayoshi Yokoyama, the game’s producer, said. “The game is filled with depictions of the Japanese way of life, culture, trends, social issues and dreams.”
Sega also announced that Yakuza 4 (2011) and Yakuza:Dead Souls (2012), both games that had a retail release in North America, will also be available to download from the PlayStation Store for the PS3 starting today for $19.99 each.
The Yakuza franchise began in December 2005 on the PlayStation 2. The first release was localized for North America in September 2006.
Watch the trailer for Yakuza 5: