The latest entry in the long-running Yakuza franchise — Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is getting a demo before its full release. It’s the first time we’re seeing a Yakuza game built ground up for the PS4 and PS4 Pro alone. Past titles, such as the popular Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami were both made for the PS3 and PS4.
Developed by Sega, the first Yakuza game debuted on the PS2 and Yakuza 6 is the final game that ends the story arc of its protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu. Here’s what you need to know about the Yakuza 6 demo.
How to play the Yakuza 6 demo
The Yakuza 6 demo is free for all PS4 and PS4 Pro owners. Unlike the likes of Destiny 2 or Call of Duty you won’t need invites or pre-orders to give it a try. You simply need to download it via the PlayStation Network (PSN) to play it when it’s available.
The Yakuza 6 demo begins for all from February 27. Unlike the Gran Turismo demo that could be preloaded earlier, you cannot preload Yakuza 6 just yet.
Yakuza 6 demo start time
If we’re to go by past demos, Yakuza 6 should be available from 12am PDT (12:30pm IST) on February 27. Unlike most modern, always-online demos there’s no end time for Yakuza 6.
The Yakuza 6 demo download size is 36.53GB. Colossal by current standards. But if you’re curious to see what the hype is about, it’s worth upping your data cap to see what the fuss is about.
Yakuza 6 demo - what to expect
Expect a great deal of combat and opening gameplay exposition to make up most of the Yakuza 6 demo. Sega has also stated that your progress will transfer to the full game. You’ll get to experience a few mini-games, use Kiryu’s smartphone to take a pictures and selfies, use the game’s first-person mode, and indulge in some slivers of narrative that set up what appears to be one of the more promising games of 2018, if our impressions of the final build of the game are anything to go by.
Will you be playing Yakuza 6? Or are you still wrapping up Kiryu’s past adventures in Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami? Let us know in the comments.