Whereas Sega has finally managed to deliver all the primary Yakuza video games to the West, we’ve nonetheless by no means gotten the sequence’ two historic spinoffs, Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan! and Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!.
Set within the 17th and 19th centuries respectively, these video games take the core solid and premise of the Yakuza sequence and transplant them into historic Japan, which means Kiryu is now a wandering swordsman and Majima is…effectively, Majima.
Sega has by no means even hinted at releasing these within the West earlier than, however possibly the primary sequence’ current success has modified their thoughts. In an interview with German website JP Video games, director Daisuke Sato says “Personally, I would love for these titles to be localized and loved by our Western followers. We have been prioritizing regaining our floor with the sequence within the West from Yakuza 0, so time simply flew by with out an excellent time to launch these video games.”
“For my part, the motion is without doubt one of the finest within the sequence, so I’d prefer to localize them if we get the prospect. Nonetheless, the sport can also be near 7 years previous, so we might have to put in extra work to remake it as a substitute of a easy port, so the choice is a little more sophisticated.”
He’s proper on that final half; going again to the sequence’ older video games generally is a little tough within the 2020s, however full remakes additionally means there’s much more work concerned in bringing the video games over than including some Western languages to an present recreation.
Hopefully the worldwide success of the Kiwami video games (the place the 2 oldest Yakuza video games have been remade) may persuade them that hey, possibly it’s price it!