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Yakuza of the End coming West in 2012

Currently Japan-only game renamed for European and North America release

Sega has confirmed rumours of an upcoming Western release for PS3 exclusive Yakuza of the End.

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Renamed Yakuza: Dead Souls, the game will be available in the West "from March 2012", the publisher has announced, perhaps suggesting a staggered release.

It also said the title will feature a brand new mini-game, Pachislot (slot machine).

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Here's the game's official description:

Yakuza: Dead Souls brings the Yakuza back to Kamurocho, the famous red light district of Tokyo, which is under attack from hordes of zombies. Players will not only face armies of the undead and incredibly powerful mutants; the treacherous Japanese underworld is just as merciless. Playing through the eyes of four of the most revered members of the series, witness allegiances shift quickly and the line between friend and foe lost. If you thought zombies were bad...meet the Yakuza!

We know how much people love Yakuza in the West and with Dead Souls being the latest and greatest in the franchise its only right we bring it to them closer to the Japanese release than ever."- said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA.

Yakuza: Dead Souls features gunplay for the first time in the Yakuza series, where everything from pistols, machine guns and rocket launchers can be employed against your enemies. Just remember to save some ammo in case you run into something more terrifying than zombies! With all the depth and story of a Yakuza title, plus the addition of exciting shoot-outs and previously unplayable characters Ryuji Goda and Goro Majima, Yakuza: Dead Souls is worth dying for.

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