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In an interview with Toshihiro Nagoshi, the head of the studio that creates the Yakuza series, Nagoshi said that at the moment there are no plans to bring 2012's Yakuza 5 to North America.
Similar to the Monster Hunter franchise, Yakuza is a series that is immensely popular in Japan, but has failed to gain mainstream popularity in North America. It has its fans, but it just doesn't have the same kind of sales numbers here in the United States as it does in Japan.
Nagoshi confirmed the current lack of plans to Edge. He didn't say it would never happen, but he said the size of the new Yakuza game, Yakuza Ishin, forced the team to focus entirely on its development, rather than moving certain team members to localization duties for Yakuza 5. Yakuza Ishin is on the calendar to release for PlayStation 3, Vita, and PlayStation 4 as a PS4 launch title.
Yakuza 5 could certainly come to North America someday, but for now, there is nothing planned.
[Source: Edge, via Joystiq]
Our TakeAt this point, it seems like the best thing to do for Yakuza fans would be to hope for localization of Yakuza Ishin instead of 5. By the time the development team gets a breather to think about localization, it will have been two years since 5 released, and Ishin will be the most recent game on the team's mind. The timing for a North American version of 5 just seems like it might not work out. It could happen though. There is no reason to give up hope entirely.
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Please bring Yakuza Ishin to the rest of the world. Skip NA to save time. PAL version please.
This kinda makes me sad because I really liked the Yakuza games that I've played. I'd much rather play them than most western games. I'm just going to import this like I have done with previous games.
sega can choke
*fingers crossed it will eventually be released, even if it isn't until the next gen consoles are well-established*
Damnit sega you monsters! Why not just bring it digitally like wots4????? All you gotta do is add subs you lazies!
smh. Looks like i'm better off importing this title rather than hoping for it to come to the states. It's a shame because this game along with the monster hunter series, deserves more recognition.
s long as they localize yakuza: restoration... I'll be happy
Well that's sad. I think I need to start working on my Japanese and buy a few units that can play this imported games. There are a lot of gems that I'm missing out on.
Don't hate sega, hate the gamers in the US for this. Because they don't support the game here in the US. That's could happen to any game here in the US is the gaming community doesn't support it .
I am still mad about this.