English Voices Included In Yakuza 3?
Although all the Yakuza titles eventually find their way to North America (despite the typical one-year delay), they don't come with an English voiceover option. Well, that changes with Yakuza 3.
Towards the end of last year, it was announced that Sega would bring the third entry in the critically acclaimed franchise to the US, much to the delight of series fans. Remember, this is the first Yakuza title designed for the PlayStation 3 and it currently sports the best review scores of the series. But some people just don't like the Japanese voices and being forced to read the English subtitles (yes, that kind of laziness sadly does exist), even though many prefer it this way. Most of us just assumed this would all remain the same for Yakuza 3 but as PS3Center noted, Sega of America studio director Constantine Hantzopoulos has apparently confirmed that North American/European localization will feature English voices. This info came from the latest 4 Guys 1 Up podcast, which you can listen to through that link, where Hantzopoulos mentions the higher costs of bringing the game to the US and hiring new voice actors:
"The bulk of the cost is actually the [voice overs]. A lot of lines in [Yakuza 3] so obviously the more expensive it gets, you wanna land the right actors, voice the right parts. Whenever Sega brings a game over [to the US] and makes the investment, the heavy investment, into localization, we're talking over 500, 600, 700K to localize this game. Lot of voices, lot of different peeps, lot of different characters."
Yakuza 3 is slated to arrive on North American shores in March, and it seems a wider audience will now be satisfied with the production. Personally, I think a game like this requires the Japanese voices in order to give us the appropriate atmosphere (I mean, we're talking about the Yakuza, here), but I understand that's a matter of opinion.
Related Game(s): Yakuza 3
1/3/2010 9:46:47 PM Ben Dutka