I often walk into Ebgames (Game Stop) here in Canada and just randomly ask them to check on their computers as to when the next Yakuza game is coming out. I do this despite the fact that I get the press releases sent right to my inbox.
Why? I want them to order more than one freaking boxed copy of the game! Anyway, SEGA has finally announced that Yakuza Zero will be headed exclusively to the PS4 as boxed and digital release for early 2017 (January 24 to be exact) in the West and this includes Europe.
Cat Fights, rolling around on male bathroom floors, epic phone calls, and even super slot car racing – Yakuza Zero has all of this, plus bloody action and drama you love.
This is a much-watch trailer and what I’ve seen so far – it is so stunning that this game cannot be contained by only one country. Hopefully, someone at SEGA sees an opportunity here to bring this to Western PS4s and then drop the HD versions of 1&2 as PSN titles (because the actual translations have been done) followed by 3 and 4. Hopefully this can pave the way for some sort release of 5 (despite its increasing age).
Of course there is a chance that we won’t get this game at all. That is a shame. This trailer rocks!
It is looking pretty good and that motorcycle scene in the trailer looks insane. The good kind of insane that only a Yakuza title could provide. I miss this series. Anyone wanna teach me Japanese?
That said, there is a huge world wide audience eager to snatch up PS4 content. Yakuza Zero could be a great entry point for newcomers on a new system with new graphics. Also, old school fans like me would be there Day One. If you haven’t read it yet…check out Kat Bailey’s article on USGAMER.net. It discusses the “Yakuza Cycle.”
Yakuza Zero is currently heading to PS3 and PS4 in Spring of 2015 in Japan.
I won’t comment about the lack of Western release for this game. It is set to come out on PS3 and PS4 in 2015. I love the series and mourn the loss of it. The storylines had a perfect mix of soap opera style drama and SEGA silliness.
According to Push Square, gamers will be able to control Kazuma and Goro Majima who is known as the Emperor of the Night. Basically you get to play as thug and crime boss allowing you to see two sides of the criminal element.
It is nice to see the narrative focus narrowing on key characters as Yakuza 4 was solid but you did not spend enough time with characters to get their full sense unlike Yakuza 3.
Yakuza is going back to 1988 and building up the story leading up to Yakuza 1. Hmmm, I wonder if this is torrid tale of how Kazuma Kiryu ends up doing time for his bosses.
Kiryu is going to be more of a hot-head in this installment. The game will feature a 20-year-old Kazuma and 24-year-old Goro Majima. The game will also reflect the spirit of the times as Japan had money to spend at this point in history. So, expect a flashier and more hot-blooded version of Yakuza. Also, I imagine the SEGA arcade to be filled with early classics (sweet).
Atlus knows how to take niche games and bring them over to the West. They furnish cult followings – release limited runs with quality bonuses such as soundtracks – and they are often praised for their localizations. Atlus fans know to pre-order and buy right away.
So how come SEGA doesn’t hand off titles like Yakuza 5 and Valkyria Chronicles III to the Atlus crew to work their magic? I recently posed the question, did a little emailing, and found out that despite SEGA-SAMMY purchasing Index (Atlus) – they both work autonomously from each other. No real crossover.
This may be a blessing if you consider how much venom SEGA gets for its recent trend to forgo the West. For better or worse, Atlus is left to do its own thing.
I purchased most of the Yakuza titles Day 1. I wanted to vote with my dollars. Yakuza 3 is one of my favorite titles from the PS3 era up there with only SEGA’s Valkyria Chronicles. I dig the Japanese voice-acting and subtitles. I would buy it with an Atlus branding.
I would pay good money for boutique editions of the game with the soundtrack and I dunno – chopsticks. I would kickstart a localization. I would begrudgingly take a digital only release as a last resot. Maybe SEGA is listening? I look upon this EGM rumour excerpt and hope Sony, SEGA, and Atlus can make some magic at TGS: Continue reading So Why Doesn’t ATLUS localize SEGA titles?→
I am beginning to Nagoshi’s plan. Each newly announced Yakuza title is a chance to either meet good-looking women or to just further his daily amusement. Notice that neither involves bringing Yakuza out West.
BRING YAKUZA WEST! Sorry…back to the article, apparently the folks at Yakuza are holding auditions and some of the hopefuls are sharing their unique talents. The picture above is of a comedian named Habu who is very flexible. This is in lead up to a new Yakuza game announcement for the 24th. Check out the teaser site. It is very red.