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Yakuza Restoration announced

Sunday, 18th August 2013 23:50 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sega has made its “surprise” Yakuza series announcement, and to absolutely nobody’s surprise, it is a new Yakuza game. Amazing!

Siliconera reports the new game is called Yakuza Ishin, which translates as Yakuza Restoration. More details are expected in Famitsu this week, but for the moment all that is known is that it stars a character called Ryoma Sakamoto.

The subtitle and promotional artwork below suggest it may be set during the Meiji Restoration of the 1800′s, although Wiki informs me the Kenmu Restoration of the 1300′s is also a (less likely) candidate.

As for platforms, Yakuza has always been a PlayStation exclusive (up until the recent Wii U re-releases, which haven’t gone down very well); but whether we’ll see a PS4 release this time around is a matter for speculation.

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  1. dizzygear

    Mobile game because Sega.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Francis O

    @1 I think you’re getting Sega and Square Enix mixed up.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Professor Zoom

    Let’s hope they will finally make this franchise coming to the Xbox.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Lengendaryboss

    @3
    Not sure if serious or trolling :) LOL at Xbox not unless SEGA want it to flop but then again a recent Wii U project failed so…

    @1
    Either way you won’t be seeing it stateside :(

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Professor Zoom

    #4 It would probably only be failing if they were releasing an Xbox version in Japan only…

    #5 8 months ago
  6. Biscuitpants

    @4 how exactly would it fail on the 360? this game not popular outside of japan? i thought it was :s

    #6 8 months ago
  7. Lengendaryboss

    @5/6
    Really not sure if serious or trolling: Yukuza 5 hasn’t come stateside neither has this game: an Xbox exclusive would do poorly.

    If it were popular it would be announced for the west.

    #7 8 months ago
  8. Brenna Hillier

    Updated because I forgot about the Wii U release, which clearly breaks the PlayStation exclusive thing. I think we’d all like to forget them, though.

    #8 8 months ago
  9. Professor Zoom

    #7 Trolling? You must be the one who’s trolling. You’re the only one here saying that it would fail and you have no evidence. Come back when you’ve got some evidence to support your pathetic BS that it should be PS exclusive. No one talked about making it excsluive for the Xbox but make it multiplatform just like all other franchises.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. YoungZer0

    Do we have any reason to believe there will be a US/EU release? Because the last Yakuza game set in the past did not have that.

    #10 8 months ago
  11. Brenna Hillier

    @10 nope. We haven’t even got confirmation on Yakuza 5 yet, so.

    #11 8 months ago
  12. zinc

    Good old Sega, i remember when they were a global brand.

    #12 8 months ago
  13. Cleaderwoo

    @9
    it depends on profitability v. development. If they don’t mind losing money on the xbox (or if Microsoft pays for the multiplatform), then it will be on Xbox. Otherwise it wouldn’t make sense for a company that primarily makes it’s money in Japan to waste money making a game multiplatform when the other platform (xbox) barely has any footing in Japan.

    Not hating Xbox at all, just making some sense of the situation. Financially it makes 0 sense for it to be on the Xbox unless Microsoft is footing the bill.

    #13 8 months ago
  14. Professor Zoom

    #13 How? If the game is popular outside Japan, then why would it make zero sense to make it on Xbox too? There’s a LOT of japanese franchises that are on Xbox too, this is one of the only ones that isn’t.

    #14 8 months ago
  15. dizzygear

    @1 Your right. Sega is more of a browser card game kind of company.

    @7 Go look up on how the timed 360 exclusive Tales of Vesperia fared after the PS3 port came 1 year later.

    The only 360 games in Japan that do well was IdolMaster when it was 360 exclusive and the Cave bullethell shooters.

    #15 8 months ago
  16. Lengendaryboss

    @14
    The Yukuza series is usually exclusive to one platform at time of release.
    The Xbox is hardly a success in japan.
    Game sales on Xbox are hardly a success for publishers in Japan.
    This is SEGA we’re talking about they have done crazy things.
    The franchise is PlayStation exclusive up until the Wii U release which did poorly.
    If it were popular it would be announced for the west, it ain’t ATM.
    Any more reasons see @13.

    #16 8 months ago
  17. Biscuitpants

    @7 nope not trolling, i thought this game was successful outside of japan on ps3, thats why i wondered if a 360 would be possible, obviously not in japan but outside of it but i guess not

    #17 8 months ago
  18. dizzygear

    @16 Well… One could argue that Yakuza is the spiritual successor of Shenmue and Shenmue 2 had an Xbox port. :P

    #18 8 months ago
  19. Professor Zoom

    #16 What you mean ”hardly a success for publishers in Japan”

    You must be living in a dreamworld if you think that the 360 is hardly supported by Japanese third parties, the Japanese support for the 360 is much bigger than the Wii. What about Square Enix, Suda 51 and Capcom, aren’t those releasing their games on the 360? I weren’t talking about a Japan release I were talking about an Xbox release in Europe and NA and do you have any evidence that Yakuza 4 did poorly in the west? Yes the two remakes did poorly on the U in Japan, but those are 6 or 7 years old games that they charge full price for.

    #19 8 months ago