A listing on Sega’s Japanese site has let slip that HD versions of the first two titles in the Yakuza series will see release this year in Japan.

The listing, which has now been removed, was spotted by Andriasang and gave a release date of December 1st, and confirmed the platform as PS3 – unsurprising, considering all Yakuza games have thus far been released on Sony platforms. I wonder if we’ll see a Vita version, too?

This fits with Sega’s current strategy of focussing on digital releases, and, should this make its way to Europe, I’ll be grabbing a copy. I’ve been meaning to get started on the Yakuza franchise for quite some time – especially as I’ve often seen it referred to as a spiritual successor to Shenmue, one of my favourite games of all time.