Sega's Yakuza series will debut on the PlayStation Portable on September 22, and the game, which was previously referred to only as "Project K" now has a proper title in Japanese. "Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou" will be the game's name, and the follow-up to "Yakuza 4" from series' creator Toshihiro Nagoshi already has a pre-order incentive standing ready.
The title roughly translates to "Black Leopard: A New Yakuza Chapter," according to 1UP.com. Advance orders in Japan will come with copies of a a fictional travel guide called "Young Kamutai Magazine," which covers the game's setting, the Kamurocho district.
"Yakuza 3" just finally made it to the U.S. this year, and we're still waiting on news for a "Yakuza 4" localization, so don't go expecting an immediate North American release for this PSP release. If Sega is satisfied enough with those sales numbers, they could always get inspired and give both of these Japanese-only titles the English treatment in the coming years.
Be patient, though. "Yakuza 3" took a solid year and change to get to America after coming out in Asia. That may mean sizable waits for either of these games.
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