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Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! (Japanese: 龍が如く 維新!, lit. "Like a Dragon Restoration!"), unofficially known as Yakuza Ishin, is a spin-off game in the Yakuza series. The game was developed and published by Sega for PlayStation 3 and was a launch title for PlayStation 4.
Set in the chaotic Bakumatsu period (between 1853 and 1867), Sakamoto Ryōma is distressed resulting from conflicting pressures and uncertainty about one's self and role in the society. Being embroiled in the middle of a Tosa coup d'état and bent on finding the murderer who assassinated his mentor, Ryoma burrows himself with a hidden identity in the streets of Kyoto and joins the grim Shinsengumi.
Despite being the second Yakuza series spin-off set in samurai era instead of modern-day Japan, this game is unrelated to Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan!, which was released in 2008 on the PlayStation 3. Kenzan! is set two centuries before Ishin!, hence the plots are not related with each other since both games focus on different characters, the historical figures of Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) and Sakamoto Ryōma (1836-1867) respectively.
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On February 13, 2014, a 2.6GB "free app for PlayStation Vita" (龍が如く 維新！ 無料アプリ for PlayStation®Vita) was made available for download on the Japanese PlayStation Store.
On February 22, 2014, a 200KB DLC named "Digest Narration Voice" (ダイジェストナレーションボイス) and priced ¥300 was made available on the Japanese PlayStation Store.
The game sold 138,158 copies on PS3 and 82,540 copies on PS4 on its first two days on sale. As of March 31, 2014, the game has sold 390,000 copies. The game was awarded near-perfect scores of 38/40 and 39/40 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 respectively by Famitsu.
- 龍が如く 維新！ 体験版, Japanese PlayStation Store
- 2月22日発売予定『龍が如く 維新！』、PS3®用体験版の配信日が2月13日に決定！
- 龍が如く 維新！ 無料アプリ for PlayStation®Vita - Japanese PlayStation Store
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- Official website (in Japanese)