Yakuza Kiwami 2 rated for PC

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 has received an ESRB rating for PC, suggesting a release announcement is incoming soon.

The game initially came out on PS4 in Japan in 2017, and it's a remake of 2006's Yakuza 2 in the Yakuza 6 engine. When it arrives on PC, you should probably hold off until you've first played Yakuza Kiwami, which came to PC last month (opens in new tab)—and before you play that, you should jump into Yakuza 0, which is arguably the best in the series. Phil gave it a 90/100 in his review last year (opens in new tab).

Yakuza Kiwami 2 continues the story of Kazuma Kiryu, and you can expect the same mix of punching, minigames and melodrama. The story revolves around the assassination of the Tojo Clan's chairman, and Kiryu's attempts to find a replacement in order to keep the peace between rival syndicates.

The ESRB rating (opens in new tab) summary gives you an idea of what to expect: "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)...Cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: characters shot in the head; characters gunned down inside an elevator; a man executed with a shotgun." Yep, that sounds like a Yakuza game alright. 

We don't have any word on a release date for Yakuza Kiwami 2 on PC, but I'll keep my eyes peeled.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.