Sega: No plans for Yakuza 3 Western release

Friday, 23rd January 2009 15:14 GMT By Mike


Sega has told videogaming247 that there are still no plans to bring Japanese open-worlder, Ryū ga Gotoku 3 (Yakuza 3) to the West.

We thought we’d ask after being subjected to two sets of screenshots, an excellent looking trailer, and have seen the announcement of Japanese exclusive white, dragon-themed PS3 all in the space of one month.

However, when we asked Sega if it was on its way West, a company rep replied: “Not that I know of.”

One day, eh?

Yakuza 3 is released on February 26 in Japan.

By Mike Bowden



  1. Blerk

    Obligatory linkage.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Hero of Canton

    Disaster: Day of Crisis (and Disappointment).

    What a massive, massive shame. Looks like I’m going to have to learn Japanese, then.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. DaMan

    I think it will come out in Europe eventually.

    the second one was released two years after the japanese version.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. ecu

    Can’t blame ‘em.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Yeah, and it sold round about 50 copies, DaMan. On a platform with a much larger install-base. I suspect that’s why they’re being cautious again.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Retroid

    They obviously hate us :’(

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Blerk

    But not as much as we hate Yakuza, apparently. Which is a much, much bigger shame because it’s super-full-of-awesome.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Retroid

    It’s Shenmue with more story and mobsters instead of a teenager wanting revenge. Of course it’s super-full-of-awesome! :)

    #8 6 years ago
  9. ecu

    Wish I hadn’t sold my copy of the first one now. I got really tired of the constant fighting, so I sold it. I’m willing to give it another go!

    #9 6 years ago
  10. DaMan

    “Yeah, and it sold round about 50 copies, DaMan. On a platform with a much larger install-base. I suspect that’s why they’re being cautious again.”

    but it was released on a platform that ‘s at the end of it’s life cycle. besides I don’t remember ANY advertisement of the PS2 Yakuzas and/or all these trailers like they’re doing with the third one. in fact previous games almost weren’t marketed..

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Blerk

    Well, the first one was released when the PS2 was still a going concern and that sold about 50 copies too.

    There was plenty of marketing for the first two, but pretty much all in Japan – where both games did blisteringly well. There was a reasonable marketing attempt at the first game over here (they made a big deal of the English voice cast, if you remember), but not so much on the second one (possibly because they ditched the English voice cast).

    So yeah, it’s no surprise it doesn’t sell. Doesn’t make it any less of a god damn shame, unfortunately. :-(

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Hunam

    God damn it.

    /punches a tiger in the face

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Mike


    #13 6 years ago
  14. Rhythm

    Bugger :-(

    #14 6 years ago
  15. ecu

    Oh yeah, and I hated the English voices as well. That’s another reason why I ditched it.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. SilentLoner

    They should include english subtitles on it then the 50 people who want it can import it, like me :D

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Psychotext


    #17 6 years ago

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