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Yakuza 5: no plans for localisation as Yakuza Ishin development rolls on

Monday, 30 September 2013 10:30 GMT By Dave Cook

Yakuza Ishin’s chief creative officer Toshihiro Nagoshi has stated that there are no plans to localise Yakuza 5, seeing as the team is now hard at work on the next instalment.

Speaking with Edge, Nagoshi said, “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.”

The next game in question is Yakuza Ishin, and it too has not been confirmed for release beyond Japan’s borders.

Would you like to see both games come to the west? Let us know below.

Meanwhile, you can read up on Yakuza Ishin’s ‘Another Life’ mode and cross-play functions here.

Via CVG.

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20 Comments

  1. SplatteredHouse

    It sounds like western Yakuza’s more trouble than its worth to release. (surprise?) I have to say though, the way that reads is dreadful. The response from the studio, I mean: We already finished and got the game out there, but just no interest to everyone else that would want to play?

    Couldn’t they just outsource – or, do they just not want people to play their game?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. dizzygear

    @1 “Couldn’t they just outsource – or, do they just not want people to play their game?”

    Because Sega.
    People have been nagging for VC3 since the day it came out but they refuse to let XSEED or some other company handle it.
    PSO2 is printing them money in Japan yet the western version is “on hold” (read: canceled).

    People are worried about the Atlus IP’s now that Sega owns them for a good reason.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. absolutezero

    Pretty much, Sega of Japan is terrible.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. yeoung

    Fuck.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Judicas

    I think that nails the coffin in the yakuza 1 + 2 hd collection for ps3 coming out in the west :(

    #5 1 year ago
  6. 2-D

    I’ve been looking for news of Yakuza 5 coming to the west almost daily. To hear this breaks my heart.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Lengendaryboss

    @2
    Damnit! i wanted to say “because SEGA” :(

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Clupula

    @2 – Well, in Sega’s defense VC3 is a PSP title. There’s no way that will sell well. VC2 sold 1/8th of VC1′s sales. Of course, if they were smart, they’d be looking at making a PS3 or PS4 HD Collection to solve that problem.

    In truth, though, “because SEGA” is a completely valid reason. Sega have been pulling this shit since the Saturn days when everyone and their mother wanted Grandia localized. Sega didn’t think there was a market for it. What happened during the months people were begging Sega to release it? FFVII happened and made the JRPG genre viable, but it was too late for them, and eventually Grandia came to the states as a Playstation exclusive.

    Except for a brief couple of years that ended about last year, Sega still have the same mentality that they had back in the day. The only reason I am not worried about Atlus games coming over is that Atlus USA is a thing and their purpose is basically just to localize stuff. If their was no pre-existing American branch already, you can bet when the next Persona gets announced, we’d spend a year not even knowing if it was coming West.

    Sega have probably the strongest ip’s out of any third party out there. And when they were a hardware manufacturer, had some of the strongest first party ip’s as well.

    But if it isn’t Sonic, you shouldn’t hold your breath that Sega will bring it out of Japan.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. dizzygear

    @8 “Well, in Sega’s defense VC3 is a PSP title. There’s no way that will sell well”

    Not entirely true. Corpse Party did well enough that XSEED released the second title Book of Shadows. Both are pretty text heavy games too.
    Hell XSEED will be releasing the PSP version of Trails in the Sky: SC soon.
    NISA released that Black Rock Shooter game a while back. Sweet Fuse was released by Aksys a few weeks ago and Ghostlight released that dungeon crawler this year.
    There is still a small market for PSP games thanks to the Vita’s BC and the upcoming Vita TV. Sega has no damn excuse IMO. If they were smart they would have taking advantage of the Vita’s lack of games and released VC3 on PSN.

    And even if Sega has no faith in the sales they should license it to a 3rd party for localization. It would not surprise me if every single 3rd party in existence has approached them to localize VC3 by now.
    I’m starting to wonder if their just sitting on it for no other reason than to be dicks.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Clupula

    @9 – Yes, they do. Valkyria Chronicles sold close to a million copies. VC2 did 150,000. End of argument. They abandoned the franchise’s Western audience, which was on PS3, and they paid for it. Now everybody suffers because they had to stick with VC3 on portables.

    Releasing PSP titles, you might as well release games for the Gamecube.

    Dead system. The only reason XSEED are even releasing the PSP version of Trails in the Sky is because it can be played on Vita.

    Dead system.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Blue Oni

    This company is a joke..they could easily give the game to an outsourcing studio and do the localization.It is stupid and a waste of resources to have the main development team working on localizations.And i doubt any of the previous Yakuza games were localized by Nagoshi’s team anyway.They must think western gamers are idiots if they want us to believe this lame excuse.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Professor Zoom

    ..

    #12 1 year ago
  13. dizzygear

    @10 VC2 is a piece of shit. The setting is like a dime a dozen high school anime with Valkyria Chronicles elements shoehorned in along with terrible gameplay choices like needing random drops from missions to upgrade your units and an enemy AI thats too stupid to wipe its own ass. Also Avan’s laugh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqIGPwTUX1Y

    Thats why it sold poorly. End of argument.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Clupula

    #13 – Nice try, but to know any of that, you’d have to have played the game or know someone who did. You can’t claim there was bad word of mouth when there was no one to give bad word of mouth.

    The name Valkyria Chronicles 2 alone would have sold the game to PS3 owners. The low sales were because there’s no Western portable fanbase and there was an almost universal outrage among the Western fanbase that they were sticking the game on a portable system. That’s why it sold 900,000 on PS3 and 150,000 on PSP.

    Please do show me the last Japanese-made PSP game not named Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core to sell 900,000 copies OUTSIDE OF JAPAN. And that only sold 1.3 million. So you’re actually going to try to sit here and say that Valkyria Chronicles 2, if it had had a better story and AI, would have sold Final Fantasy PSP numbers? Hell, on a system that the highest selling game ever (one of the PSP GTA’s, unsurprisingly) was only 3m in the West, 900,000 people are going to buy Valkyria Chronicles 2? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! What are you smoking?

    So, just admit it. You’re wrong. I’m right. End of argument. Boom.

    *drops mic*

    #14 1 year ago
  15. dizzygear

    @14 INTERNETZ lets other people know that VC2 is a piece of shit thats not worth buying.

    And again. The fact that a handful of PSP games were localized this year is proof enough that there is a small but profitable market for PSP games in the west thanks to the Vita’s backwards compatibility.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Clupula

    @15 – It’s only profitable if your sales expectations aren’t above 200,000. XSEED doesn’t go out there expecting to sell close to a million of any game. They’re a smaller company, they can get away with that.

    Sega is not. That’s why they aren’t bothering to localize anything for us anymore. 150,000 from an XSEED game equals great sales for them. 150,000 from a Sega game is considered a flop. So, it is understandable that they wouldn’t release VC3 in the West.

    That and Sega are run by the people who think long and hard of the absolute best decisions for all of their ip’s and then do the exact opposite (“Hey! Remember how well Valkyria Chronicles did on PS3, especially in the West, where it actually sold more than it did in Japan? The wise thing to do would be to try to appeal to the market where it sold the most and make the sequels on PS3…But we’re Sega, so let’s switch systems and completely ignore the original fanbase, especially in the West, where portable systems don’t sell as well!”)

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Clupula

    Anyway, instead of arguing over which one of us is wrong and which one of us is me, we should be joining together to harass the ever living shit out of Sega to somehow get this over here.

    Afterall, there was a time when this was said, too: http://www.psu.com/a0006226/No-plans-for-Yakuza-3-western-release,-says-Sega-News?page=0

    But the people badgered and badgered until Yakuza 3 finally came out.

    On the other hand, Sega couldn’t be bothered to give Valkyria Chronicles the trophy patch there was such a huge drive for a few years back, so…

    Because Sega…

    #17 1 year ago
  18. dizzygear

    @16 And thats why Sega should license their fucking games to XSEED, Ghostlight, NISA, or whoever if Sega is too inefficient to turn a profit from them.
    But no, they rather sit on them and gloat at us silly foreigners who beg for their games.

    “Sega are run by the people who think long and hard of the absolute best decisions for all of their ip’s and then do the exact opposite.”

    They should make that in their company tagline.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. dizzygear

    @17 They still screwed Yakuza 3′s localization. They stripped out an assload of content “because it would not resonate with the west”. …And they ruined the cover.

    I doubt harassing Sega will accomplish anything. Sega of Japan does not seem to give a flying fuck about the west. The only reason we got Hatsune Miku Project Diva F is probably because Crypton is releasing an English version of Vocaloid.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. peepeevs

    People at SEGA:”What sort of plan do we have today to ruin the lives of those pesky Westeners, who are much taller than us and have much bigger p****ses than us?”

    “I have an idea, let’s spend a decade releasing a super awesome game-franchise,getting a lot of people hooked on it, and then, when we realease our biggest title in the franchise, we shall refuse to locilize it, making all pesky Westeners begging us to give it sell it to them, and make them really really angry.”

    “That’s a great plan, let’s do that!”

    “MWUHAHAHAHAHAHA”

    #20 1 year ago

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  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

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  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

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  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

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  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

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  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

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  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

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  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

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  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

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  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

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  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

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  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

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  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

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  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

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  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

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  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a twin stick shooter MOBA for PC

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  • More information, videos for cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun surface

    A trailer for the cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun title from Climax which was reportedly set for an E3 2012 reveal, has surfaced. Along with the above video is another which is described as a pre-boss battle cutscene. It’s below. According to a source of NeoGAF’s Mama Robotnik, the game was being developed under […]

  • Three additional games added to Square Enix Humble Bundle

    Kane & Lynch Collection, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Startopia have been added to the Square Enix Humble Bundle. All three are made available when paying the average price of $7.69. Those who have already purchased the bundle will automatically be granted the titles. All three are available for PC only. The […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 gets Fast & Furious with standalone expansion

    A Fast & Furious tie-in and standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 will arrive for Xbox consoles next month. Titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, the downloadable title does not require the base game to play. “We’ve been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always […]

  • The Evil Within: The Assignment has a release date, new trailer

    The Evil Within: The Assignment will be released on March 10 in North America and March 11 in Europe, it was announced today. Along with an exact release date was a trailer detailing more information about the first set of DLC. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, […]

  • Steam and GOG cross-platform multiplayer added to AvP Classic 2000

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  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood arrives on PS4, Vita next week

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  • Week 7: Play GTA Online with VG247 tonight at 8pm UK time!

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  • Batman: Arkham Knight – first look into the story

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  • Vita knocks New 3DS LL out of top slot on Media Create charts

    Thanks to four new titles, one of which was God Eater 2: Rage Burst, PlayStation Vita has knocked New 3DS LL out of the top slot on the Media Create charts in Japan. The handheld, which came in thrid place last week, moved 35,203 units for the February 16-22 period, compared to 10,901 units the […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes coming west in 2015, PS4 only

    Dragon Quest Heroes will be making its way to west this year. Square Enix has announced that it’s bringing Dragon Quest Heroes to the west this year. The press release mentioned only PAL territories (Europe & Australia). Though it’s unlikely it will miss the US. The game will release on PlayStation 4, both digitally and […]

  • Destiny: how to make sure Crota stays down for longer

    If you’re familiar with the final encounter of the Crota’s End raid, then you know every second Crota is immobilised counts. Arekkz Gaming has a handy tip for anyone who’s played Crota’s End or anyone attempting it. The trick is simple to execute and will ensure Crota stays on his knees for longer, making for […]

  • NBA Live 15 added to EA Access just four months after release

    EA has added NBA Live 15 to the list of games available instantly to anyone with an EA Access subscription. NBA Live 15 has been added to EA Access’ Vault, EA has announced. As of today, anyone with an EA Access subscription on Xbox One can play it alongside other available games. NBA Live 15 […]

  • Deal: get Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Xbox One bundle + extra game for £299

    UK retailer GAME is offering a good deal on the Advanced Warfare Limited Edition 1TB Xbox One bundle and is throwing in an extra game. The retailer has reduced the price of the bundle to £299, which is the usual price for the standalone console. The bundle is of course Advanced Warfare-themed. The console and […]

  • That Metal Gear Rising 2 logo was for the second anniversary of the original

    Metal Gear Rising developer Platinum Games has confirmed, once and for all, that the “2″ logo we saw during Sony’s presentation at Taipei Game Show was definitely not for a sequel. Platinum posted this on Twitter earlier. デザイナーの趙&ニシイから、『MGR』2周年記念イラスト! ディレクターの齋藤( @PG_saito )が、開発スタッフブログでご紹介しています↓↓ http://t.co/IW1aOxAZQR #mgr pic.twitter.com/ZbNF3Jk1tF — PlatinumGames Inc. (@platinumgames) February 25, 2015 The illustrations were made by artist Yong-Hee […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 is formulaic and I’m okay with that

    There’s something comforting about the lack of ambition and plain old gameplay in Resident Evil Revelations 2, says Matt Martin. “It’s locked from the other side.” Of course it is. What did I expect? I’ve been here before. So many times. Not just in Resident Evil but a million other games. It’s so familiar as […]

  • Battlefield 4: double XP event live now through Sunday

    EA is holding a double XP event in Battlefield 4 on all platforms. The publisher is celebrating Battlefield Hardline going gold by offering all Battlefield 4 players double XP in multiplayer matches. The double XP event is now live and through 23:59 UTC on Sunday, March 1.

  • BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Rayman Legends free with March Games with Gold

    The list of free games coming in March as part of Microsoft’s Games with Gold programme has leaked. The leaked list of games include Rayman Legends and #IDARB for Xbox One along with Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite for Xbox 360. In addition, Microsoft will be offering double the amount of games in April. The […]

  • Telltale’s new IP will be a “super show”, bridges the gap between TV and game

    Telltale’s upcoming mysterious new IP will be produced in collaboration with Lionsgate and will be a hybrid game and TV show. Entertainment Weekly spoke to Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner to understand what’s a super show. “A “Super Show” episode combines one part of interactive playable content with one part of scripted television style content,” said […]

  • Next Mortal Kombat X stream to show Brutalities, new character

    Brutalities will be making a return in Mortal Kombat X and we’re getting a look at them very soon. The next Mortal Kombat X live-stream has been dated and we know it will show Brutalities for the first time. Developer NetherRealm Studios posted this on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/ZJYN1FNRZ9 — NetherRealm Studios (@NetherRealm) February 23, 2015 Notice […]