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Sega's upcoming localization of Yakuza 6:The Song of Life for Western audiences has hit a bit of a snag. In fact, it's been delayed for the PlayStation 4, moving out of its original March 20th date and being pushed back further into the spring. But the good part is that a free demo is on the way.
The comment was made on the official Yakuza Game Twitter account, where the note from the developers states that Yakuza 6 has been pushed back from March 20th to April 17th, giving the team an entire extra month to work on and polish the game up for release. It is mentioned that it was a tough business decision but something that the team had to make in order to ensure the quality of the game was retained.
On the upside, gamers will be treated to a little something-something in between the release of Yakuza 6 and this most recent announcement. While the March 20th release date has been scrubbed off the platter for PS4 gamers, in its place there will be a free demo made available via the PlayStation Network starting February 27th.
The demo will allow players to experience some of the early goings of the gameplay in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. Better yet, there will be the option to save your game and carry over your progress into the full game when it does release, both digitally and physically, for the PlayStation 4 in April.
Sega plans to continue to drip-feed new information and content for the game leading up to its release in order to keep gamers entertained. This includes more info on the mini-games -- all of which have been retained from the original Japanese version as they make their way into the Western release -- along with some of the bonus content in the game, such as the reveal of the full version of Sega's Virtua Fighter 5 being included in the package as a playable title.
There are some gamers absolutely worried about the release of the newest Yakuza title given that it's coming out right around the exact same time as Nintendo is releasing its new toys-to-life project called Nintendo Labo. And it's also coming out when Santa Monica Studios will be releasing the highly anticipated next entry in the God of War series, which is also another PlayStation 4 exclusive.
It's obvious that the worries have some measure of credibility to them given that Yakuza 6 is a niche title and it's easy for it to get buried under a deluge of massive hype and promo material occupying the news waves for games like God of War or the Nintendo Labo. The latter of which could either be the next big huge hit with casuals or something that falls dead in the water.
Either way, fans of Sega's gangster-themed beat-'em-up title will be able to play-test the title for themselves at the end of the month and look forward to the full release in April.