Hot on the heels of the launch of Yakuza Kiwami 2–the full remake of the series’ second entry–Sega put out a survey asking if people are interested in more. Specifically, it asks four separate questions that seemingly point to different projects that you may be aware of (see below).
First, “how interested are you in remasters/remakes of existing Yakuza games?” is likely to be in relation to the remasters of Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 that are currently only slated for release in Japan. There aren’t any known plans to re-localize those games, but this may hint at them coming to the West. All three original games are available for PlayStation 3.
Second, “how interested are you in new games set in the world of Yakuza?” could be pointing to both Ryu Ga Gotoku Online (Yakuza Online) and Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku (Yakuza 7) which are still in development. A new protagonist named Kasuga Ichiban has been detailed for the next game in the series and will make an appearance in Ryu Ga Gotoku Online which is set to launch sometime this year in Japan. No plans have been announced for a Western release.
The question “how interested are you in purchasing games created by the Yakuza team in other worlds, like the upcoming Fist of the North Star game?” might be related to Sega’s unannounced project being handled by the Yakuza team. More details are coming in September, likely during Tokyo Game Show, but we know the game will be a new IP.
Lastly, for those crossing their fingers for localized and remastered versions of Ryu Ga Gotoku Kenzan and Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin, there could be hope. “How interested are you in various spin-off titles that never received Western release?” is more than likely to be gauging interest for the two historical games. Kenzan takes place during Japan’s Edo period while Ishin is set during the Bakumatsu period–both games use character models and voice actors from the mainline series to tell its historical fiction.
You can take the survey yourself here. In the meantime, be sure to check out our Yakuza Kiwami 2 review and Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life review if you’re interested in the series. Better yet, watch our discussion on why you should play the entire Yakuza series and how we should aspire to be like Kazuma Kiryu. Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise takes on an alternate story to the source material and you can watch gameplay here before its October 2nd release date.
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Author: Michael Higham
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