Too often, the most awesome crossovers in Japan never see the light of day here in the West. Licensing can be a nightmare, so companies will oftentimes find it more logical to remove or edit references from outside companies altogether than work through all the red tape that would allow every region to experience these cool easter eggs. When I got to speak to Sega about the upcoming Yakuza 6, the only real question I had was whether or not the gang based on the stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling would be included in the North American release. Needless to say, I was satisfied when their inclusion was confirmed outside of Japan!
Taking place in a fictional version of Japan’s seedy underworld, Kazuma Kiryu might as well be a wrestler himself as he comes out of retirement for what has to be the tenth time to brawl with the worst criminals in the country. Only this time, one of the opposing games is made up of real life wrestlers from the top to bottom of the NJPW card. Including Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima nd Toru Yano, it’ll be so exciting as a fan of both properties to be able to go toe to toe with the company’s best. Check out Naito’s game play below as we impatiently wait for Yakuza 6 to release early next year.
NJPW coming to the video game realm isn’t anything new. The recently released Tekken 7
New to Yakuza? Check out the E3 trailer below and get caught up, then let us know what other crossovers you’d like to see down the line in the comments below!