'Yakuza 6: The Song of Life' demo returns to PlayStation Store

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Sega president Simon Jeffrey poses for Reuters at his company's booth at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles May 11, 2006. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello

The demo for “Yakuza 6: The Song of Life” has returned to the PlayStation Store. The news comes after February’s blunder, in which Sega unintentionally released the full game on the US PlayStation Store, prompting the developer to remove it as quickly as possible.

The return of the “Yakuza 6” demo was announced by the PlayStation Blog. According to the post, save data will still be carried over to the full version whether it was played during the initial release or it was downloaded just now. Trophies that are acquired, however, will need to be re-obtained.

The blog post is nice enough to provide a brief introduction. After spending three years in prison, protagonist Kazuma Kiryu discovers that his foster daughter Haruka is missing.

That doesn’t mean, however, that Kiryu can’t do recreational stuff on the side. The demo gives access to a karaoke minigame, which “lets you enjoy Kiryu’s majestic singing voice as he belts out tunes from songs like ‘Today is a Diamond.’”

Another location to visit is the cate café, where a mystery awaits players as soon as they step inside. The task is simple: find all the missing cats and save the café business.

Lastly, the blog post recommends hitting the gym for some intense workout. “At the RIZAP gym, your personal trainer will measure your progress and assign a healthy meal plan, all in an effort to buff up the strength and endurance of Kiryu,” the post says.

The tasks may sound mundane at first. But doing them will reward Kiryu with experience points needed to unlock new heat actions.

For players who need more backstory to familiarize themselves with the series, the PlayStation Blog suggests watching this primer and visiting the Yakuza Experience website.

Developed by Sega, “Yakuza 6: The Song of Life” will release worldwide, including in Australia, on April 17. The game will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Watch the trailer below.

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