‘Yakuza 6: The Song of Life’ release date gets pushed back to April

"Yakuza 6" promotional photo. (Facebook/ yakuzagame)

The highly anticipated release of the next installment in the Yakuza video game franchise, “Yakuza 6: The Song of Life,” has been pushed back by about a month, according to the video game’s publisher Sega.

The action-adventure PlayStation 4 (PS4) exclusive was originally intended to be released on March 20, but because of the delay, the release date has been moved to April 17. This new release date applies to both North America and Europe.

Sega described the choice to push back the release date as “a tough business decision we didn’t make lightly,” but declined to give further details on what is causing the delay. The company did acknowledge on Twitter that the delayed release will allow them to “line things up for launch.”

However, fans of the Yakuza franchise will still have a reason to celebrate, as Sega has also announced that the demo release for “Yakuza 6″ will be arriving on this month, on Feb. 27. Players who will take part in the demo period will also be able to carry their progress forward to the full game when it arrives.

“This will be the first time everyone will have a chance to play the game (a moment we have long been anticipating!) and we can’t wait to hear what you think about it,” Sega said on its Twitter post. “We have many new plans to reveal over the coming weeks to give you all more insight into the series, so stay tuned!”

“Yakuza 6: The Song of Life” has previously been released in Japan back in 2016. The series installment closes out the storyline of the series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu. “The Song of Life” is the seventh title in the successful video game series.

April will be a big month for PlayStation players, as another giant PlayStation 4 exclusive, “God of War,” will be released on April 20.