Game demos are meant to give the player a taste of what the game in question will be like. Ideally, they give the player some basic objectives or tasks that give some clarity on what to expect if the full game is bought. This, in turn, means that game demos, for better or worse, are small in size and do not require much space to download and access.
Apparently, Yakuza 6 didn’t get the memo, because the demo for this game packs in at a whopping 36 GB, which is bigger than a lot of full games released on the Play Station Store. However, while this was by no means normal, there was actually a pretty good reason for it – it wasn’t the demo that was released. It was the entirety of the game with only the beginning portion of it being playable.
What Sega had planned was for an unlock code to be implemented into the game after the player had crossed the beginning portions of the game, but what ended up happening is that they had forgotten to implement this mechanism into every single copy of the game, which meant that some lucky players were able to download and play the entire game for free. The game was originally supposed to be released on April 17th of this year. This morning, Sega released a tweet addressing the issue, the tweet reads:
“We apologize, but have had to remove the Yakuza 6: The Song of Life demo from the PlayStation Store. We are as upset as you are, and had hoped to have this demo available for everyone today. We discovered that some were able to use the demo to unlock the full game. We’re looking into the nature of the issue. Thank you for your patience.”
At the moment, however, the demo has only been removed from the United States PlayStation Store, and it is still accessible from the Australian or UK versions of the store.
Yakuza 6 is the latest iteration in the wisely successful Yakuza series, an open world video game which takes its inspiration from the real life yakuza, which are organised crime syndicates in Japan. The first game (Yakuza) was released in 2005 in Japan, and outside Japan the next year. Since then, the series has sold as many as 10.5 million units in both physical copies and downloadable ones.