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Yakuza Ishin Revealed For PS4, Will It Come To The West?

Sega has said they don't intend to bring Yakuza 5 to North America or Europe. Does that mean the newly unveiled entry for the PlayStation 4 won't be localized, either?

It was revealed earlier that Yakuza Ishin is headed to Sony's new console some time next year. There weren't many details to go along with it, besides the debut trailer you see below.

The question is, will Sega take the plunge and give gamers in the West a chance to play this game? Yakuza has always been a well-received franchise, but localization has taken quite some time for each entry. Then again, if this Yakuza Ishin is a quality title, it might be wanted by a great many new PS4 owners. Bolstering one's library is always a top priority with a new piece of hardware, right? Would you buy a fresh Yakuza offering on the PS4 if it was good?

Thanks, Zak!

Tags: yakuza ishin, yakuza sequel, yakuza 6, yakuza ps4

9/9/2013 1:21:14 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (10 posts)

coverton341
Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 1:59:22 PM
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Don't Sega always say something along the lines of "We're not interested in localising Yakuza (insert entry here)" and then they do? I know they said they would probably not be bringing Y3 over at first, then they did. I remember they said something along the lines of not bringing Y4 over since Y3 didn't do as well as they wanted, but I have it sitting in my collection.

If they never bring Y5 over then that would be upsetting as I have all the Yakuza games aside from Dead Souls, but I highly doubt that is going to be the case in the end. North America and other regions do tend to get the games later, but better late than never I suppose.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 3:19:24 PM
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I don't think Ishin will come over at all, even if 5 does. I mean, it's an even more Japanese-centric spin-off from the main series a la Yakuza: Kenzan!, so I'm not ready to get my hopes up.

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godsman
Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 9:20:07 PM

Dont lose hope yet. The development cost will be a lot cheaper for PS4 vs PS3. Japanese developers, usually in small groups have a break. This is their chance for a comeback to the industry.

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jase52476
Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 3:30:21 PM
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Sega didn't officially comment on whether Yakuza 5 is coming or not, so there is still a chance. The news from the other day was a random tumblr user who supposedly asked an anonymous Sega PR person about the game. However, the host of PS Nation podcast asked some connections at Sega, and was told that the decision had not been made yet. Does this prove anything? No, but I trust the info that Glenn from PS Nation told us, over a random tumblr person.

There is still a chance we could see Yakuza 5; Op Rainfall just had a huge campaign where they are partnering with LAI (localization company) to make an offer to Sega to localize Yakuza 5 at a discount. Still, Sega has to accept the offer, so we'll have to wait and see.

It doesn't seem likely to me that Sega would skip a numbered entry in the series to bring out this game. Yakuza 5 is supposed to be the best in the series so far, and along with the PS3's install base, it would seem that if Sega was interested in bringing any game, it would be Yakuza 5. So if Yakuza 5 doesn't come out, I think we can just forget about Yakuza in the west.

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Snaaaake
Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 3:52:14 PM
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Kenzan didn't get localized so I don't think this one will get localized as well.

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Temjin001
Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 4:03:58 PM
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So this is PS4 footage? Jeesh. Good thing this wasn't shown at E3 or nothing.

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Kiryu
Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 4:28:16 PM
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Did you guys know that the writer for Yakuza 1, Yakuza 2 ans Yakuza Kenzan was the best writer.
All the other Yakuza's after that were not as good story wise because writer got changed, I need to see Yakuza ishin cause its inspired from a true story

Last edited by Kiryu on 9/9/2013 4:28:32 PM

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clockwyzebkny
Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 8:27:17 PM
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I didnt really give Yakuza a chance But i have a question Isnt the ps4 region free? Meaning that we can just import it if they dont release a north american version?

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jase52476
Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 8:33:33 PM

Yes, but there is zero english in the menus, items, dialog, etc. So you have to pretty much have a videos for the entire game (and a walkthrough is helpful too) to be able to play it. I was able to do that for Yakuza: Kenzan! but it's not very easy or as enjoyable as having the game localized.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 4:42:03 AM
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looks interesting i'm not sure how the gameplay wud go though 1st person or 3rd person.

it cud be a great game though.

happy gaming =)

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