Sega Brings Zombie Apocalypse to Yakuza

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Sega Brings Zombie Apocalypse to Yakuza

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Sega's answer to Grand Theft Auto is soon taking its gameplay style to another level, with zombies.

Yakuza, Sega's Japanese Grand Theft Auto, has gotten a good enough reception so that multiple games in the series have been released, the latest in North America being Yakuza 3 for the PlayStation 3 and Yakuza 4 in Japan. When Yakuza: Of the End was announced by Sega, rumors and images hinted that it'd be somewhat different that previous games, but nobody expected it to add zombies.

Of the End will add zombies though, according to the latest Famitsu magazine. The game appears to be a response to the popularity of Capcom's Dead Rising, and will be somewhat of a departure for the series.

Instead of visiting the batting cages and wandering around as the toughest guy in town, players will have to contend with the undead in the ruined city streets of Tokyo. The game's Kamurocho district is overrun by zombies and quarantined by Japan's Self-Defense Forces, trapping everyone inside that couldn't make it out in time.

Players will control four different characters in Of the End, including previous hero Kazuma Kiryu. There will still be missions to complete and silly mini-games to partake in, but they'll revolve around the new theme of a zombie outbreak. Characters won't have to hold back on their weaponry anymore either, and have been seen in images holding giant machine guns.

Yakuza producer Toshihiro Nagoshi says that the idea behind Of the End is to "tear things down and unfold some new developments in the series." A title not released in the U.S., Yakuza: Kenzan!, took the series back into the 17th century, and Nagoshi seeks to shake things up again with Of the End.

"I think Yakuza is the sort of game you can play constructively in lots of different ways, and that's exactly why I wanted to try something like this," he says. "This isn't some kind of experimental work, though -- it's a fun, full game, and we're very confident as we continue work on it."

Think of it like this: What if Rockstar came out with a sequel to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that pitted Carl against a city full of zombie gangsters? It'd be pure awesome, that's what. Of the End will have a presence at the Tokyo Game Show, so expect more details this week.

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Ugh.. *yawn* Serious or not, zombies are so overused these days.

I think this is awful, there's no creativity, just a reppeated idea on a different game.

well i don't discard it could be fun, but it's not that much of a big deal, unless you've seen every single zombie movie...

Quick informal poll- anyone else tired of Zombies in general yet? I know I became tired of the ambulatory corpses when I read the headline to this article.

I think it sounds kinda cool, very weird choice of series to do this sort of thing in, but hey...I still love zombies.

I'm usually not one for zombies unless its in this kind of open world/sandbox medium. Now if they would just incorporate some of the things from Prototype...

I think by 2020 every game that comes out will contain zombies.

Ugh... We cant kill enough of these muthafuckers, can we? They just keep right on coming.

And I swear to God, If I see a pair of women with swords, and one is wearing a bikini, im gonna kill something...

WanderingFool:
Ugh... We cant kill enough of these muthafuckers, can we? They just keep right on coming.

And I swear to God, If I see a pair of women with swords, and one is wearing a bikini, im gonna kill something...

would that thing be a zombie?

omg is this coming to the us?! i want it!

I'll say what I always say - gaming companies are run by soulless greedy cabals who would make snuff films starring their own mothers if there was enough money in it.

So wait, is this part of the main story or another spin-off?

Christ, Rockstar needs to make the ultimate free roam zombie game, combine that with the tower defense that is Nazi Zombies, and the co-op goodness of L4D, there is NO NEED for any more zombies.

Let them go for a while. The time is now for them to rest.

Holy hell, man. I'm going to take a knife to these bastards. Enough with the zombies already.

Calling Yakuza: Sega's GTA is stupid. The games have nothing in common apart from being sandboxes and being related to crime (Even that's not much of a similarity, since in Yakuza you FIGHT crime, even if you come from the criminal organization yourself)
It's like saying Call of Duty is Activision's Half Life.

At least it's not Sonic with zombies.

How orriginal... Zombies... ::retches into an airsick bag::

StriderShinryu:
Ugh.. *yawn* Serious or not, zombies are so overused these days.

Indeed, the very premise of zombies has become a bit too hackneyed. I mean really, zombies no matter what, leaves me asking "again?" I'd rather see vampires or something entirely made up inspired by horror creatures/myths if we had to go with the Halloween monster route.

This is not a news article, its marketing. If you want to market games for your advertisers, put it in a Marketing column, not News. Its not News.

Pretty sure they mean "Self Defense Forces", not special defense forces lol. Unless there really IS a special defence force, maybe that's the Japanese SF :)

The series has now officially jumped the shark.

DiscoAtThePanic:
This is not a news article, its marketing. If you want to market games for your advertisers, put it in a Marketing column, not News. Its not News.

If it was advertising, wouldn't Sega have given them all of this news straight-up so they wouldn't have had to grab it from 1UP?

A zombie game that is just set in a city and not an apocalyptic senario?! Count me in! Awesome!

Sorry SEGA can't hear you, too busy waiting for Dead Rising 2.

You know, I'd prolly have some interest in the Yakuza series if it wasn't for Sega America butchering the games when they release them here and not including the Japanese voice-tracks. >_>

Hehe. Add zombies, always adds some great artistic flair

Well...This do sound a little interesting but i will get Dead Rising 2 instead if this will be realeasd outside of Japan that is.

Le Tueur:
I think by 2020 every game that comes out will contain zombies.

This is what im thinking as well.. Zombies will be as a normal part of any game as multiplayer is..

Whats next? "My little Pony: Zombie edition" Would not surprise me..

there needs to be a law that states that everygame needs a zombie mode

SelectivelyEvil13:

StriderShinryu:
Ugh.. *yawn* Serious or not, zombies are so overused these days.

Indeed, the very premise of zombies has become a bit too hackneyed. I mean really, zombies no matter what, leaves me asking "again?" I'd rather see vampires or something entirely made up inspired by horror creatures/myths if we had to go with the Halloween monster route.

A vision of Yakuza in a three way battle with Godzilla and a small group of the thing from The Thing flashed before my eyes.

Awesome. Never played any of the previous games, might pick this up though.

StriderShinryu:
Ugh.. *yawn* Serious or not, zombies are so overused these days.

I agree. It was cool in Nazi Zombies, but it's proven to be another case of "everybody copy the new guy". It's been done with "dark and edgy" and Bullet Time and zombies have become the newest casualty.

TLatshaw:
At least it's not Sonic with zombies.

Robots can be zombies in a way... Just mind controlled.

I never played the other Yakuza games. If this were the last game of the series, I'd have to say that it is an interesting way to bring it to an end... xD

Tom Goldman:

Think of it like this: What if Rockstar came out with a sequel to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that pitted Carl against a city full of zombie gangsters? It'd be pure awesome, that's what.

I can out awesome that.

Tommy Vercetti vs The Lost Boys. Hairstyles in FULL EFFECT!

Le Tueur:
I think by 2020 every game that comes out will contain zombies.

Seconded. They're way past overused.

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