Well, it looks like somebody got a little Fatal Frame in Yakuza 6 according to this freaky easter egg that players have been discovering over this weekend. This all started with a post to the Yakuza subreddit in which a player found that a spooky image seems to appear every time they tried to take a photo in the New Serena bar.
The Serena bar, later the New Serena, has had a long history in the Yakuza franchise, first appearing in the original game years ago, and all subsequent games where Kazuma Kiryu was the lead character. It often severed as a base of operations for him, including during Yakuza 2 while it was closed following the death of its previous owner in the game prior. Needless to say, it has its fair share of bodies associated with it.
The spooky specter in question is another body associated with the location, and Kiryu himself. The ghost has been identified by multiple players as that of Akira Nishikiyama, who was at one time Kiryu’s closest friend until the events of the first game set them on a collision course with each other.
In actuality, this is not the only location you can find the ghosts of those that were lost along the way in the series. There are ten cards scattered throughout the world that the player can find that correspond to characters from the series. Once the player has found one for a character Kiryu can then go to locations related to said character and snap away, hopefully capturing their spirit for a brief moment. In the case of Nishikiyama, he and Kiryu drank at Serena bar since the 80’s so of course, that’s where he would be.
This is a fitting tribute and easter egg to Yakuza 6 as it was set to be Kazuma Kiryu’s final game in the series. It was also subtitled The Song of Life and how can you treasure life if you forget the people you lost along the way.