Even though we got the games over a year after they released in Japan, most action fans still appreciated the very solid Yakuza titles on the PS2.
And although the third installment – the first for the PlayStation 3 – is already available in Japan (and they're even talking about the fourth title), these fans still wouldn't mind if Yakuza 3 showed up to the US and Europe a little late. However, the sales numbers for the first two games in North America weren't great and there has been no indication by Sega that it would ever break Japanese borders. Perhaps we've seen the last of Yakuza in the US…but maybe not. As a reader pointed out, the German branch of Amazon has a listing for Yakuza 3 , which is certainly encouraging. If it releases in Europe, it stands to reason the game will be on store shelves here in North America and better yet, it doesn't appear to be too far off: the Amazon.de listing gives us a March 2010 estimated launch. Of course, without anything official from Sega, all we can do is speculate and hope. But I know for a fact that we have several fans of these games on this site, and that's just a small sampling of the loyal following that has slowly grown over the years.
C'mon Sega, just do it. One more time. We'll prove we really do like this series, and you won't want to wait so long to release Yakuza 4 in North America and Europe.
Related Game(s): Yakuza 3