Been waiting for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life to launch? Well, if you can’t wait any longer there’s a free demo currently available for you to download right now if you have an active internet connection and a PlayStation 4… wait no, you can’t. It turns out that the press link Sega sent out doesn’t work because they had to pull the demo from the PlayStation Store.
Originally I had problems accessing the link but the reason was because Sega had to pull the game from the PlayStation Store. Why? Because you could use it to access the full version of Yakuza 6 without paying a dime for it. I imagine a few lucky gamers who got their hands on the demo early are probably having a field day playing the full game right now.
We apologize, but have had to remove the Yakuza 6: The Song of Life demo from the PlayStation Store. We are as upset as you are, and had hoped to have this demo available for everyone today. We discovered that some were able to use the demo to unlock the full game. 1/2
— SEGA (@SEGA) February 27, 2018
That’s an epic fail on Sega’s part the likes of which I have no comparison or possible meme to compare it to. At this point Sega is the meme.
Originally the demo was going to be available for Western gamers, so you wouldn’t have to worry about making a Japanese PSN account and trying to sneak into the store to get your hands on a demo like corporations sneaking in and sniffing out pensions during the last recession.
Anyway, the demo was supposed to give you a small taste of the first chapter of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. You’ll take control of Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, and explore the world and some of the mini-games available in the demo, including working out at the RIZAP gym, striking a few balls with your bat in the batting cage, and engaging in the music-rhythm shenanigans of karaoke.
The majority of the gameplay in Yakuza 6 will center around exploring the various sandbox locations in the game, talking to various NPCs and getting involved in off-the-cuff brawls.
New to the Yakuza series is also the open-world design, so that you’re no longer locked into a very specific kind of area where fights can happen. Instead you can find yourself in a brawl just coming out of a bar or once you get your kicks in with a bit of a phone sex mini-game. Thugs might jump you from behind or attempt to gang up on you and kill you as if you were walking through the east side of Chicago… well, that’s not true, you’re less likely to die in Yakuza 6 than you are in Chicago.
Anyway, the beat-’em-up aspects still return, along with some new ways to battle and plenty of environmental objects to use as weapons.
If Sega ever gets the demo working right proper you’ll be able to play it ahead of the launch of Yakuza 6 for the PS4 starting April 17th.