Sony wants everyone to play the Yakuza series so they are packing PlayStation Plus with eight new games. By the end of 2022, Sony says that PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium/Deluxe members will be able to download and play all Yakuza games available on PlayStation. This includes Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which is August’s Essentials included game, all the way to Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.
Sony has only revealed a launch window for three of the eight Yakuza games headed to PlayStation Plus in 2022. In August we will get three games and the other five will follow in the months ahead.
You need to keep in mind that while the games will be available on PlayStation Plus, some of them will be locked into different tiers of the service. This goes for the older classic games which will launch through the “Classics” collection and is only available for higher tier members. Here’s a breakdown of how these games plan to releaseing and what tier you need to be on in order to play them.
August Yakuza Games
The PS+ Premium tier is the same as our local Deluxe tier.
- Yakuza 0 (PS+ Extra / Premium)
- The glitz, glamour, and unbridled decadence of the 80s are back in Yakuza 0. Fight like hell through Tokyo and Osaka with protagonist Kazuma Kiryu and series regular Goro Majima. Play as the former to discover how he finds himself in a world of trouble when a simple debt collection goes wrong. Then, step into the silver-toed shoes of Goro Majima and explore his “normal” life as the proprietor of a cabaret club.
- Yakuza Kiwami (PS+ Extra / Premium)
- The first Yakuza title debuted in 2005 on PS2. This PS4 remake rebuilds that experience from scratch. Follow the early days of Kazuma Kiryu as he returns to the streets of Japan after serving a decade-long prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit to save his best friend.
- Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS+ Extra / Premium)
- Yakuza’s sequel receives the remake treatment, not only updating the original but expanding it with a playable adventure starring Goro Majima set before the events of the main game. A year after the events of the first Yakuza, an assassination pulls Kazuma Kiryu out of a peaceful life to broker peace between rival clans and face off against Ryuji Goda, known as the Dragon of Kansai.
TBC 2022 Yakuza Games
- Yakuza 3 Remastered (PS+ Premium)
- Kazuma Kiryu had earned his retirement. Yet he’s ripped from his new life as a caretaker of an orphanage when a shadow from his past threatens to entangle his new life with that of his old clan and the political world. Adventure through the sleepless city of Kamurocho, Tokyo and the tropical lands of Okinawa to help rescue his new wards.
- Yakuza 4 Remastered (PS+ Premium)
- The Yakuza story expands for the first time in the series you’ll control multiple protagonists, four souls – a loan shark, a death-row inmate, a corrupt cop and legendary former yakuza Kazuma Kiryu – are drawn together to solve a murder. Unravel a hidden battle over money, power, status, and honour as well as the mysterious woman at the centre of it all.
- Yakuza 5 Remastered (PS+ Premium)
- Multiple perspectives once again shape a sprawling story as peace between the Tojo Clan and Omi Alliance disintegrates. Play as five different characters, including Kazuma Kiryu, across five major cities whose stories are interwoven as the yakuza organizations go to war.
- Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS+ Extra / Premium)
- The conclusion of Kazuma Kiryu’s epic story sees the Dragon of Dojima take on the responsibility of foster father as he seeks to protect his young ward Haruto and discover the mystery behind the grievous attack on Haruto’s mother. Explore Onomichi, Hiroshima and with the help of some unlikely friends, delve back into a merciless criminal underworld, outwit the clans seeking Haruto and find the answers you seek.
Catch up on the August PlayStation Plus game lineup here which was leaked yesterday and later confirmed by Sony.
Source: PS Blog