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Here's the first glimpse of Yakuza 6

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Starring 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano

Here's the first look at Yakuza 6, and -- wait -- is that Beat Takeshi? Why yes, yes it is. The famed Japanese entertainer, who you might know the host of cult game show Takeshi's Castle, has a role in Sega's latest gangster drama, which is launching on PlayStation 4 in Japan next fall.

In addition to making contestants run through ridiculous obstacle courses, Takeshi Kitano has worked in virtually every facet of the film industry, including a number of roles portraying yakuza in Japanese crime movies -- so the subject matter here is familiar territory for the man.

This won't be Kitano's first experience working on a video game. Back in 1986, Space Invaders studio Taito published Takeshi no Chousenjou, a notoriously difficult (and awful) experience for the Nintendo Famicom, on which Kitano is credited as designer -- a first for a Japanese celebrity.

Sega unveiled Yakuza 6 at Tokyo Game Show as part of Sony Computer Entertainment's media event, announcing it alongside Yakuza: Kiwami, a remake of the first game in the series, which is planned for a January 2016 release in Japan. A localization for neither game has been confirmed.

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