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Japanese Gamers Love Yakuza...But Not The Undead?

Yakuza is big in Japan. The latest entry debuted at #1 on the sales charts...but something might be amiss.

It's true that Yakuza: Of The End was the best-selling game in Japan by a large margin, coming in at nearly 300,000 copies sold.

But as Kotaku pointed out, that total isn't as high as either of the last two Yakuza installments; Yakuza 3 sold 372,000 copies during its first week and Yakuza 4 did even better with 384,000. So why the drop? There's an even larger PS3 user base in Japan so it should stand to reason that Of The End should've been close to 400,000 during its first week of availability. ...maybe it's because a few fans aren't too thrilled with the addition of zombies and third-person shooter elements.

Fans don't like it when developers change things, and zombies and guns represent large alterations for Yakuza. Might it be safe to assume that such a feature has actually hurt the series...?

Related Game(s): Yakuza: Of The End

Tags: yakuza, yakuza of the end, yakuza sequel, sega

6/17/2011 9:07:20 PM John Shepard

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Comments (31 posts)

556pineapple
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 9:44:52 PM
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Zombies seems to be a popular theme to add to any game these days (CoD, RDR for example.) In those games, however, they were added as DLC or mini-games. Is that the same here, or are zombies a main part of the game? If it's the latter, I can see why people might be turned off by the concept.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 9:57:45 PM

Of The End is all about a zombie infestation of Kamurocho. But all of the other features of Yakuza are still in place, so it could well be the story.

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SayWord
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 9:59:00 PM
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Since this is the last entry in the series it seems like they wanted to do something extreme and unexpected. I still however feel confident that its going to be a really fun game. ^^ I hope it comes to NA!

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 10:03:47 PM

You sure it's the last? It does make sense as the team is working on Binary Domain now... but I was still hoping that they'd go back to Yakuza at some point. But yeah, really hope they bring this out of Japan. Would love to play it.

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SayWord
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 10:36:53 PM

Yes they said it would be the last sorry that I cannot provide a source. But there is always a chance they could go back.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 10:45:18 PM

That's cool, I'm willing to take your word on it.

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Bloodedge
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 12:06:45 AM

According to this source: http://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?showtopic=230211

Yakuza: Of The End is only the last installment on the PS3. The next one is set to appear on Sega's next console (the "SEGADRIVE"?). Personally, I think if Sega has enough money to produce a new next-generation console it should be working on Shenmue 3.

This could all just be rumors however, but seeing as Yakuza's still doing well saleswise, I don't see why Sega would end the Yakuza series, atleast not with a spinoff.

Last edited by Bloodedge on 6/18/2011 12:12:04 AM

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 1:47:23 AM

Sorry Bloodedge, but I'm not about to put a whole lot of stock into that link. For one, it's a forum, and you generally can't get reliable information from them. Secondly, the initial post came before Yakuza: Of The End was officially announced to be what it is, which makes it seem as though they are simply reaching with their assertion of it being the last on the PS3. Finally, I think that if Sega really do intend to bring out a new console, we'd be hearing murmurs of it, but alas, it is still only people outside of the company.

That last point may actually be in conflict with Sega having recently opened a new studio in the UK to focus on next-gen new IPs, but they've announced that the first game out of that studio will be for the PSVita and the other developmental focus will be the WiiU for now. The chances, I think, of Sega coming out with a new system are extremely slim. I'll wait for more concrete evidence either way.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 2:53:15 AM

I'd kill a blue donkey for a Dreamcast 2. Once the Wii U fails there will be a space in the market.

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SympoziumPawa
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 5:46:23 PM

Its a spin off :/

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 10:02:19 PM
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What I think would be a better question to ask is exactly how video game sales have been since the earthquake. If they've been uniformly lower, then this is more than understandable. I mean, other things do come before games, particularly when something of that magnitude occurs.

That being said, it could be the result of the alterations for the series. It could be because people are fans of Yakuza for the main story, and this is just a spin-off. Maybe one should take a look at the comparative sales figures for Kenzan! when it was released.

I honestly don't know, but I'd say that there are plenty more factors than just the inclusion of zombies and TPS elements that need to be taken into consideration.
Peace.

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TheCanadianGuy
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 10:33:41 PM
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love this franchise but don't know bout this 1

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 10:37:39 PM
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This is interesting. Yakuza spinoffs don't come to NA, but zombies are more popular here than ever. However, Yakuza is not all that popular here. Yakuza 4 awaits me on my shelf as my first outing with the game so I can't say if I'm a fan yet or not but I do love me some zombies. If I like the series at all I would get it fo sho.

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johnld
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 1:56:48 AM

i'd start with yakuza 3 first world, you can probably find it below 20 new now. i know you'll have a viewer in yakuza 4 about events on yakuza 3 but its still a lot better to actually play it. yakuza 4 has 4 main characters and although its a great game, its kinda hard to get attached to the characters when you play each of them for a bit at a time. i dont really know exactly how to describe it. i got my yakuza 3 copy free when i bought yakuza 4 at launch and actually playing yakuza 3 right before jumping into 4 made it feel more fulfilling when i'm playing. i dont know your preference but when i play i want to get involved with the characters and playing yakuza 4, its like you're trying to get used to the character but then you'll need to switch to a different one. they're differences are pretty clear too with different fighting styles and all. i'm not saying that you need to play 3 first, playing 4 would be great but in my opinion it just feels....different, dont really know how to describe it again.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 2:56:13 AM

That kind of thing probably won't bother me, what did bother me was that they cut things out of Yak3 for NA. I won't tolerate that.

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Palpatations911
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 12:03:43 AM
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Cool. Maybe Yakuza won't feel like im playing Shenmue any more, but after the first 3 i'm almost certain it will. (Which was actualy pretty cool back in the 90's)

November 2011, plz come and save us from the atrocities we encounter during the summer game release season.

Last edited by Palpatations911 on 6/18/2011 12:05:31 AM

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Scarecrow
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 1:15:18 AM
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It could be that. Adding guns could also be a bad thing. Guns isn't really as appealing in Japan as it is in the West.

I wish developers would stop changing their franchises so much. Evolving their franchises is important but not to the point where it's closer to Resident Evil than to the original Yakuza.

I'm sure it's still a solid game and I'll get it but going forward I think we all agree that game devs should pay attention to this point. We like our franchises to remain pure at its core and to always remember what the real fans of the franchise really want.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 2:56:56 AM

real gamers don't need guns.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 2:33:44 AM
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I'd of thought the recent earthquake had an effect on the sales...hey, it's not like the problems are all over now. People are still recovering over there, its just that to the media its old news now.

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___________
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 4:35:51 AM
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could it be that yakuza 4 was a boring repetitive muddled piece of crap!
they destroyed the best thing about the series!
only thing i liked about 3 was the indepth story, and combat.
4 though the combat felt cut and pasted, and the story well......
feels like each character was taken from a different bin, was stuck together with saliva!
tis why i wont be buying anymore yakuza games!
until they actually bring the series up to date, i mean text boxes?
seriously?
THIS IS F*CKING 2011, NOT 1954!
my god, never have i played such a outdated game!

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A2K78
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 7:29:35 AM
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Not suprised by the low sales and why? Games sales(even for the most well-known fanchises such as Gran Turismo 5, Ace Combat, MGS4, FFXIII) have been on a sharp sale decline for quite some time now.

Overall its a reflection of how bad the game industry is in japan and why japanese publishers are moving west as japan is no longer a viable market for them.

"I'd of thought the recent earthquake had an effect on the sales...hey, it's not like the problems are all over now. People are still recovering over there, its just that to the media its old news now."

People should stop blaming the quake for japan's hard times because the country have been in an economic free fall even long before the quake. The only thing the quake did was expose japan's economic woes and hit the country even harder.

Last edited by A2K78 on 6/18/2011 7:38:01 AM

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Ludicrous_Liam
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 7:45:05 AM

Not saying the eathquake was solely to 'blame'; just it sure had an effect on the countries economic status.

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Excelsior1
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 8:59:12 AM

@a2k78

those are very good points. console game sales have been in decline for awhile in japan. gt5 is a great example of that even though it saw a decline in all regions. especially the us.

another facttor might be the handheld systems.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 9:24:40 AM

GT5 is the highest selling PS3 game- ever. Unless your comparing it to past installments, I don't know how you work that one out. (If you are, remeber GT5 sales will grow over time..as have the the other GT games).

Last edited by Ludicrous_Liam on 6/18/2011 9:25:38 AM

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Excelsior1
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 12:20:25 PM

gt4 11.6 million copies sold
gt5 6.5 million

gt4 na sales 3.6 million
gt5 na sales 1.5 million

that's a prtetty steep drop off. you can google it you want to see that gt5's sales were down in all regions. with a notabole drop in the us and japan. i know what's going on is the US(360 territory) but i don't why gt5 saw such a drop off in its native japan. i think the handhelds are a factor in japan. i saw another interesting thing gt3 was actually the most popular gt game. na actually sold the most copies of gt3 which i found interesting since there is a view that gt has always been more popular in europe. the first gt game and gt3 sold more copies in na.

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PorkChopGamer
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 1:07:33 PM

Ex1,

You're comparing the total sales of a game that was released 6 years ago to a game that was released 7 months ago? Interesting...

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Ludicrous_Liam
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 3:09:15 PM

Yup, piggy is correct. Add that slice of information to your equation and it all of sudden doesn't make sense! :D (Not that algebra makes much sense anyway...lol.)

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Excelsior1
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 5:33:44 PM

believe it or not most game sales are at front end of a games release. you guys are right. we don't know what gt5's total sales will end up at but you can compare sales of the gt games week to week after release on sites like vg chartz. there was a notable drop in japan and the us. 46% drop in the us when you compare the sales gt5 received during the same time period vs gt4. 39% for japan.

another strange thing is gt3 sales of 14.6 million. you would think gt4 would have got the most since it released when there were a lot more ps3's.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 5:28:51 AM

Sales from Gran Turismo games have always grown over time; as I just said. It's one of the few games that just keep going and going and going.

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Teddie9
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 9:57:37 AM
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I'm feeling an east vs. west thing going on here when it comes to zombies.

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nilos95
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 5:18:42 PM
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It's the global economic crisis. Things are not good for Japan after the earthquake, the Yen's state and other major problems so yes I think it's natural to have lower numbers.
(And I doubt many would be in mood to play apocalypse-themed games after those things)

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