Yakuza Kiwami is gearing up for release on February 19th, 2019 on Steam. Sega hasn’t made any big announcements about the game in recent times in preparation for its release, but Game Debate spotted something quite useful while scouring through the game’s SteamDB entry: Sega had the Denuvo anti-tamper DRM removed.
On January 22nd, 2019 it was noted that the third-party DRM entry for Yakuza Kiwami was removed from the database.
This is an interesting development because it comes right after gamers began pelting Deep Silver with complaints about the inclusion of Denuvo DRM in Metro: Exodus, which ended up resulting in a bunch of forum threads getting censored and deleted.
Deep Silver took to Twitter in an attempt to assuage complaints by stating that it’s part of their policy to include Denuvo DRM in their PC products, which did not go over well with gamers at all.
What makes the news so shocking in the case of Yakuza Kiwami is that Sega still has the DRM present in the original Yakuza 0, which is also available on Steam at the moment.
I’m not exactly sure why Sega decided to remove the DRM from the upcoming game but keeps it active in the older title, which originally launched on Steam back on August 1st, 2018.
You can look for Yakuza Kiwami to launch on February 19th, 2019. The game automatically launches a digital deluxe edition for those who pre-purchase the title, which includes a digital manga, exclusive desktop wallpapers, avatars, and the base game itself.
The game will also feature the battle styles that were introduced in Yakuza 0, along with all of those awesome sexy-time mini-games involving the hostesses. And given that Sega is a fairly big publisher, the rogue employees at Valve who have been banning anime and visual novels from the platform will likely leave Yakuza Kiwami alone.
You can learn more about the crime-themed beat-’em-up by visiting the Steam store page.
(Thanks for the news tip Rala Cloft)