Once again proving that the Yakuza franchise is arguably the best in games right now, SEGA has revealed a little more about veteran protagonist Kazuma Kiryu’s taxi missions in Yakuza 5. It’s still not clear why the former Tojo Clan chairman has switched the Sunshine Orphanage for a career behind the wheel, but the publisher has detailed how the side activity will work.
When you pick up a passenger, they’ll give you various commands. For example, a customer might want you to drive safely, or alternatively follow a car ahead. But brilliantly – and totally Yakuza-like – you’ll need to converse with your passengers as you drive, counselling your clients on various matters. Occasionally you’ll pick up drunks, or even criminals that try to rob you.
Kazuma will also be able to engage in racing battles. These can occur while you’re transporting a passenger, so you'll need to stay on your toes. In all cases, the objective is to outpace your opponent. Just like when fighting, you’ll be able to use Heat Action moves to get a lead on your adversary.
Finally, you’ll be able to customise your car, adding stickers, changing its colour, and even adapting the music that plays during races. Sounds incredible, doesn’t it?
There’s no word on a Western release date just yet, but we’re keeping everything crossed. Please release this overseas, SEGA.