Sega, please let’s play Yakuza Samurai Spin-Offs

Majima, my love

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in 2022 yakuza It is a very big series in the West, As we saw yesterday Eight matches Arrived on PlayStation Plus. But it wasn’t always this way! between the release of Yakuza 2 And the 3 Things were looking up Unbelievably Suspicious of English speakers, and there were real concerns about it Yakuza 3 It didn’t sell well, it would be the last game in the franchise we’ll ever see here.

I know this sounds silly given the number and importance yakuza Games these days, but it’s true! People were very concerned about it, in fact, That every little change made by Sega Yakuza 3 English version Screened to Hell and Back, with fans fearing that any small thing that could hurt sales would mean the end of the series in the West.

All this fear was not for nothing, of course.Yakuza 3 Fine, the rest is history—But all that fear of low sales helps pave the way for a different cause around the same time yakuza The game was released in Japan (later followed by a sequel) which to this day we still can’t play it in English. And it’s time that changes.

In 2008 Sega . was released Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan! For PS3, which I think you can better describe as a file yakuza special holiday. It was set in Kyoto in 1605, and was yakuza The game is set back in time, with players still in control of Kazuma Kiryu, now only called Kazumanosuke Kiryu, and instead of being a gangster, he’s a retired swordsman who now works as a bodyguard.

Then in 2014 Sega . was released Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! For the PS4, which did the same thing – only now during the end of the Shogunate in the mid-1800s – and introduced more cameos from the main series, with appearances from favorites like Majima and Daigo.

While it was set in different time periods and with a heavy historical tilt, it still stood yakuza Games through and through. Check out the Japanese trailer for they were And you’ll see what I mean:

Yakuza Ishin – PlayStation 4 Trailer

they were Even if you are a fan of the karaoke sequences in the main games, they have their own historical feel:

Ryo Ga Gotoku Ishin! – Okita sings

This looks great! I really want to play them!

Sega and developers Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio have always had multiple reasons to keep these games in Japan. The first was an understandable fear, if no one would buy the main yakuza Games, so why bother with these sub-elements? As this has slowly been decimated due to the series’ increasing popularity in the West, though, there are still concerns that much of the gaming atmosphere will be lost on Western audiences, who won’t be aware of the nuances of that time period. (He’s telling here that someone else yakuza Spinoff, heavy gun dead SoulsAnd the I was Due to an English version, which says a lot about Sega’s perceptions of the Western market).

These have now been joined (or replaced) by technical issues, As we covered just last year, when director Daisuke Sato said:

Personally, I would like these titles to be localized and enjoyed by our Western fans. We were giving priority to reclaiming our land with the series in the west of Yakuza 0So, time passed without a perfect time to release these games.

In my opinion, the action is one of the best in the series, so I’d like to translate them if we get the chance. However, the game is also nearing 7 years old, so we may need to do extra work to rework it rather than a simple port, so the decision is a bit more complicated.

Despite the potential inherent in those statements, and the fact that the developers have said They are working on games out of scope yakuza And the Rule seriesWe haven’t heard squatting on the prospect since. But even if it takes some work – and in case Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan!some Grand Work — to improve the speed of games on modern devices as per modern expectations, there has never been a better time to squeeze this out of spending.

The yakuza kioyami Games – remakes of the first two entries in the series – did wellAnd that was two games that were already available in the West! These pop-up results will start from scratch, not to mention attractive beyond the list yakuza fan base for potentially broader audiences who have set up, for example, Ghost of Tsushima.

Anyway, I’m not here the demand these games. We’ve all been able to survive the past 15 years without them, and we can probably survive another 15 years, if the outside world allows. I’m just here to give Sega a boost, to remind you, hey, we love yakuza Games, but maybe one day we can also love it Another Yakuza Swords games too.

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