Yakuza 5: “We Don’t Have a Plan for the Moment” for Localization
Though Yakuza Ishin is in full swing, its predecessor is still stuck in Japan.
Though it announced Yakuza Ishin for release on PlayStation 4, Sega and the Yakuza Studio team currently have no plans to release Yakuza 5 for Western audiences.
Speaking to EDGE, Yakuza Ishin chief creative officer Toshihiro Nagoshi stated that, “We don’t have a plan for that at the moment. The Yakuza Studio team is a fixed size, and we have to choose between forging ahead with the next game or localising the one that just came out.”
Yakuza Ishin was detailed recently at a pre-Tokyo Game Show event organized by Sony which also showcased the PlayStation Vita 2000. Even then, no plans were announced for a Western release. Considering that the popularity of the franchise is primarily restricted to Japan, it make sense. However, Yakuza as a franchise itself has been received decently in the States and Europe. Will either be out any time in the future for both consoles? Stay tuned for more details.