If there's one franchise American gamers should be upset over missing this generation, it's Sega's Yakuza . We never got the third installment (the first for the PlayStation 3), and now, they're already talking about the fourth.

The teaser website for Yakuza 4 has opened and while it's light on details and information, we know Sega will officially unveil this new entry in only ten days time. Of course, that revealing would be on the first day of the Tokyo Game Show so it's not exactly surprising. However, we seriously doubt we'll hear any news of a North American or European release, considering that Sega didn't see fit to launch Yakuza 3 in any region outside of Japan. We can only conclude that the first two titles for the PS2, which did release here, didn't sell very well, thereby making Sega leery of going through the localization processes again. And they were reluctant even with the first two games; US gamers had to wait over a year after the initial launch of either title in Japan. It's just too bad that Sega abandoned us as soon as Yakuza entered the new generation…we so want to see one of these bad boys on the PS3! Maybe if there's enough of a fan outcry, we'll finally see Yakuza 3 at least, but you may as well forget about the fourth installment (for now, anyway).

Still, it's great for Japanese gamers, and yes, this series is exclusive to the PS3. If you want to import it, go right ahead; the first two games featured all Japanese voiceovers, anyway (with English subtitles, of course).

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Kiryu
Kiryu
11 years ago

Cannot Fu**in Wait!
I hope Kiryu is Coming Back!
In the Teaser Site they show 4 poeple,i think one with the grey suit is kiryu.
I hope they Focus more on Kiryu's Childhood.
I have Imported all 4 of them!
Japanese Voice Actors are the Best!!!


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 9/14/2009 12:11:05 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Guess you're our resident Yakuza fan. 😉

leatherface
leatherface
11 years ago

I'll drink a Sapporo to that.

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
11 years ago

I'm with you all the way man!

yak4life85
yak4life85
11 years ago

Uh, never heard of these games.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

You didn't just write that…

yak4life85
yak4life85
11 years ago

Well I take it they weren't that popular since there only 15 comments on this article.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

You forgot the side story Kenzan!

I imported both for the PS3. Fun games.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

Just translate all the text to English. I'm sure most people that buy it prefer the Japanese voices anyway.

Jalex
Jalex
11 years ago

I was thinking this as well.
It doesn't have a huge non-Japanese-speaking fan base, but those it does have are likely interested enough in the culture that they won't have a problem with the absence of out-of-place voice actors.

Anyway, I love this series (the two full games and demo I've been able to enjoy, at least), and I'm going to continue holding out hope that every installment gets localized.

DarthNemesis
DarthNemesis
11 years ago

Screw this game if they are not going to bring the 3rd over here.Why care about the 4th? Sometimes I think that Bernie Stolar is still working at Sega.


Last edited by DarthNemesis on 9/14/2009 11:39:22 AM

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

🙁 localization of kenzan,3, and every other that will be released please

BeezleDrop
BeezleDrop
11 years ago

Great news, I really enjoyed the first Yakuza. I never gotta chance to play the second but I'm sure its great. God speed for this unveiling!

Douchebaguette
Douchebaguette
11 years ago

It won't cost too much to just add English [and possibly other] Subtitles.

Do that, and leave us foreigners who are interested with this game to import it [which they should SO do already with Ryū ga Gotoku 3 and Kenzan].

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Why would they do this to us?? Is this some kind of payback for the poor Valkyria Chronicles sales?

DaNgerSteVe
DaNgerSteVe
11 years ago

so i guess its a japan exclusive then

Nerull
Nerull
11 years ago

I'd be another to check this series out if they included english subtitles. Wasn't all that impressed with what I saw of the ps2 entries but with today's gen it could be a lot less limited.
Seems pretty dumb to isolate an exclusive that has crossover potential.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

So sad that these games don't do better in the US and Europe

___________
___________
11 years ago

come on.
the localization process cant cost that much.
can it?
i mean all they do is translate the language to english and release it.
well thats all they need to do
i dont see any games not releasing in japan because the costs would be to high.
i mean japan HATES FPS and even KZ2 released there.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Yes!

If stuff like Uncharted 2 and Killzone 2 can release EASILY in Japan

Why can't Samurai/Japanese niche games be released at the same time, here? Or at least not after 1 or 2 years -_-