Sega: If You Want Yakuza 4 In The US, Buy Yakuza 3
This has become a fairly common trend for Sega and their critically acclaimed Yakuza franchise: "make us happy, and we'll give you the next title."
We just received Yakuza 3 here in the US on Tuesday, but we should remind you that it has been available in Japan for over a year. They're already reviewing Yakuza 4 in the Land of the Rising Sun (set to release on March 18) and if we ever want to see it, we should show our love for the series. Or so Sega says. If you check out the Comments underneath the PlayStation Blog entry for the Western launch of Yakuza 3, you will see a comment by Sega of America's Assistant Community Manager, Aaron Webber; it was in reply to the obvious question concerning the localization of Yakuza 4:
"It’s not a question I can really answer for you, but I would encourage all fans of the series to show their support for Yakuza by picking up a copy [of Yakuza 3]. At the end of the day, numbers often speak loudest."
Yeah, well, Sega took a while to decide if Yakuza 3 was worth localizing after mediocre sales of the second entry in North America. Furthermore, in addition to the year-long wait, we now know Sega was forced to cut some of the content and several features out of the Western version due to certain "translation constraints." So right now, it's sort of a strained relationship between the two regions. The question is, will American PS3 owners respond to Yakuza 3...? The critics certainly seem to like it.
Related Game(s): Yakuza 4
3/10/2010 10:33:48 AM Ben Dutka