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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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    Monstrum launches on Steam Early Access January 29 and today, you can have a look at a video for it featuring all in-game footage. Developed by Team Junkfish the survival horror game set on a derelict cargo ship which combines roguelike elements, such as procedurally generated levels and permadeath thanks to AI driven predators. Monstrum […]

  • Here’s quick look at Dead Rising: Watchtower starring Rob Riggle

    A short look at the film adaptation of Dead Rising has surfaced. Transformers director Lorenzo di Bonaventura headed the project and it was directed by Zach Lipovsky. It stars comedy actor Rob Riggle as Frank West, along with Academy Awards nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (24), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and […]

  • A Kickstarter for Underworld Ascendant will launch next month

    OtherSide Entertainment, an independent games studio fronted by Paul Neurath, has announced it’s developing Underworld Ascendant. Neurath is the founder and CEO of the new studio ad his resume includes franchises such as Thief, System Shock and 1992′s Underworld Underworld. The studio hopes Underworld Ascendant will “innovate and revitalize” the fantasy genre. More details will […]

  • APB Reloaded heading to PS4 and Xbox One during Q2 2015

    APB Reloaded will indeed be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during late Q2 this year, which puts its release sometime around the end of June. Reloaded Productions announced in September 2014 it was working on bringing the free-to-play PC title to consoles during the Digital Media Wire event in New York City. The […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 2 -The Lost Lords arrives in February – video

    Release dates for Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series have been announced. A new video offering a “first look” has also appeared. Below is the story synopsis, which you may want to skip if you haven’t played Episode One. House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath […]

  • The open beta for Nosgoth has gone live

    Consider this a friendly reminder: the Nosgoth open beta has started. Announced last week, the open beta can be accessed through the official website. Once you link your Steam account, just log into the service and start downloading the client. Everyone that plays the tester will receive double XP through January 28. More information is […]

  • First gameplay footage of Homeworld Remastered Collection being shown this weekend

    Homeworld Remastered Collection news and the first gameplay footage of Gearbox Software’s remake will be revealed at PAX South this weekend. The news and video will be shown during the Inside Gearbox Software panel at 10.30am CST on Sunday. It will also be streamed on Twitch. Gearbox is hoping to have Homeworld Remastered released by […]

  • Latest Final Fantasy Type-0 HD video delves more into combat

    Square Enix has released its latest Orience News video for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and it provides insight into character combat styles and techniques. In the video you will see the elite combat force of Class Zero going deeper into battle to improve their skills. Combat is party-based and each of the three characters in […]

  • Something really cool happens when you finish Resident Evil HD *spoiler*

    Those who finish Resident Evil HD will be met with a really nice surprise at the end. If you wish to find out what it is on your own, DO NOT head below the break. You have been warned. According to images posted by Reddit user omeganemesis28, a thank you message from Resident Evil creator […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain release date “should be” announced soon

    A release date for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain “should be able” to be announced soon, according to the latest Kojima Station webcast. New information on the game will also be announced at the Taipei Game Show on January 31, per Game Spark (thanks, Gemtasu). “I know you’ve all been eagerly await for […]

  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth and Part Two of the Throwback Sale. Here’s the entire update: Nintendo eShop releases Punch-Out!! (originally for Wii) – also 50% off until January 29 Citizens of Earth – introductory price of $11.99 until January 27 Breezeblox (Wii) Midnight (Wii […]

  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

    The Witcher Battle Arena, CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games’ mobile MOBA, has been released. In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight it out as they try to capture and hold conquest points. The game features “no pay-to-win elements”, instead it contains a “player-friendly monetization system.” Every item and functionality can be unlocked entirely through […]

  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

    The second wave of Star Wars titles will arrive on GOG.com today with more coming January 27. Today you can pick up the following: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Rebellion (digital distribution premiere) Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack On January 27, the final three games of this wave […]

  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

    Forget the magic space goggles. Maybe Valve doesn’t have the wherewithal to realise PC gaming’s TV dream, but Microsoft holds all the keys. If Microsoft really wants to get into PC gaming full-time, it needs to get around the table with Mr Newell and its platinum chequebook. “It’s time for us to talk about gaming […]

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 will be released on Steam for PC next week. The PC version of the was announced earlier this month and contains upgraded graphics, runs in 1080p, and has both Japanese and English audio. It will release on January 28 for $14.99. Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 also coming […]

  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

    The Order: 1886 has a new trailer available that highlights the game’s controls and reveals the two special abilities the main protagonist has at his disposal. The game uses a similar control scheme to other shooters, but just in case you wanted to see more gameplay, we’ve got just the thing. The most interesting parts […]

  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

    Do old people get video games? Namely something known for its violence like GTA? Well, you’re about to find out. The latest REACT production sits a few elderly men and women in a room and lets them play GTA 5. The results are not what you’d expect, they start off getting a feel for the […]

  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

    Microsoft will bring more of its franchises to PC. Following on from yesterday’s big Windows stream, Microsoft has released a full recap on Xbox Wire. In the blog post, the firm hid a small bit of news revealing that Fable Legends will not be the only title to come to PC. “Today we announced that […]

  • Someone is attempting to recreate Dark Souls’ Lordran in Minecraft

    Lordran, the land of the ancient lords will soon be explorable in Minecraft thanks to a passionate modder. Davweed is a talented modder attempting to recreate the entire world of Lordran in Minecraft. Lordran is the land where the entire Dark Souls game is set. The goal is to make it a 1:1 scale of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

    Patch 1.1 is Elite: Dangerous’ first major update. Developer Frontier has detailed Community Goals, the big change coming with the patch, and more. We were told last week that big additions are coming with patch 1.1, due in February. Today, we learn in more detail what those features are. Namely, what the developer is calling […]

  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

    We have 10,000 codes to give away for MMOFPS Survarium, granting the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver coins. Each key gives the player a Premium account for 24 hours along with 5,000 Silver in-game currency. A Premium account gives you 50 percent more experience, income and reputation for 24 […]

  • “I don’t like people thinking we’re doing underhanded, dirty shit,” says Evolve dev

    Despite what it looks like, Evolve developers did not intend to give out the wrong signals when it comes to the game’s DLC plan. Evolve creative director Phil Robb spoke to Destructoid in an interview that was conducted late last year about the studio’s approach to DLC, map packs and more. Robb’s idea is that […]

  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry gets first screens

    Night Cry is coming along nicely and today we get our first look at it. Ever since the announcement of Project Scissors (at the time) last September, and then the name change to Night Cry, we’ve been waiting to see what the game looks like, especially since it’s developed with mobile platforms in mind. Today, […]

  • Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening, 40 people working on it

    Tekken X Street Fighter is definitely not vaporware. A team of 40 developers is currently working on it, according to director Katushiro Harada. Harada was interviewed by Polygon. In the interview, he touched on many topics, one of which is the status of the seemingly-never-coming-out Tekken X Street Fighter. “It’s very difficult to talk about,” […]

  • From Game of Thrones to Borderlands: all of Telltale’s adventure games rated

    Telltale Games has an impressive back catalogue of licensed adventure games to its name, and we have opinions about all of them. Note that this rundown doesn’t include bundles, the non-adventure games or games published by Telltale but created by other developers. It’s also got a fair bit of speculation in it, since at least […]

  • There is probably a new Battletoads game coming

    If you’ve watched last night’s Windows presentation you knew you recognised that logo on Phil Spencer’s t-shirt. Wearing a t-shirt with a logo of an upcoming game is an antic we’ve come to expect from Xbox boss Phil Spencer now. Based on that, we wouldn’t be alone in predicting that a new Battletoads game is […]

  • Here’s a short, 60fps trailer for DmC: Definitive Edition

    DmC: Definitive Edition has a new video available that shows the game running at 60 frames-per-second. Capcom has put out a short new trailer for the Definitive Edition of DmC: Devil May Cry that takes a look at different stages and boss fights. The video begs to watched in 1080p60 quality, if your connection can […]

  • Xbox One to PC streaming targeting 1080p, 60fps

    Microsoft has revealed that it’s looking to achieve 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second when the Xbox One game streaming launches later this year. The question of what final resolution and framerate Xbox One game streaming will operate at was on a lot of people’s minds when the demo was shown. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has […]

  • Microsoft is looking at offering PC to Xbox streaming

    Having announced Xbox One to PC streaming as part of its Windows event last night, Microsoft said that making the process a two-way street is on the cards. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer sat down to do a group interview following the Windows event and talked a little bit about the firm’s plans for streaming, including a […]

  • Watch John Romero play Doom

    John Romero made DOOM, and now you can watch him play it, dropping many a delightful gem of insight regarding one of the most important shooters of all time. This video was organised by Double Fine as part of its Devs Play series, a thing I only just discovered and now want to marathon all […]

  • World of Speed has gotten fairly pretty over the past year

    World of Speed has produced a new trailer, showing off the racing MMO’s progress over the past year. Announced one year ago, World of Speed is looking pretty damn shiny now. Check it out in this trailer, which introduces the Mountain Spiral Road location and teases several yet to be revealed. World of Speed comes […]

  • Minecraft user data leaked in plain text – change your passwords

    Minecraft users should change their passwords and those of any accounts using the same log-in details. Minecraft’s user data servers have apparently been compromised, with user names and passwords leaked online in plain text. 1,800 Mojang accounts were affected. The news comes via German source Heise and The Guardian and has been treated quite seriously […]

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will commence filming in August

    The sixth Resident Evil movie is back on track. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will begin filming in August, having been delayed to accomodate star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. In a Facebook post, Jovovich said she’s currently being very mindful of gaining enough weight to ensure a healthy birth for her second child, without the risk […]

  • Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming”, says former executive

    Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings. Adelman, who was one of Nintendo’s most important developer liaisons, left in August 2014. One of the first things he did was say that Nintendo had issued a gag order on his social media use, and shortly thereafter called […]

  • Sony’s 10% apology discount doesn’t apply to pre-orders

    Sony has updated the terms and conditions of its apology discount to exclude pre-orders. PSN members have been offered a 10% discount voucher as an apology for downtime over the holidays due to DDoS attacks. In an update to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, Sony clarified that you can’t use this for pre-orders. So. That […]

  • 343 to beta test Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking fix

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still broken, believe it or not. The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection update is, like most of the others so far, designed to resolve the shooter collection’s ongoing matchmaking woes. 343 Industries is determined to get it right, apparently, as it’s gone so far as to elect to […]

  • Here’s the release schedule for Star Citizen’s story and first-person modules

    Star Citizen lead Chris Roberts has shared release windows for several modules of the space simulation sandbox. Star Citizen was the focus of a BAFTA Masterclass presentation yesterday, during which Roberts outlined the game’s current development milestone goals. Polygon captured the details. The first person shooter, planetside and social elements on the game are expected […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End Hard Mode has already been beaten

    Destiny’s toughest challenge got extra tough today, but a troop of willing Guardians stepped up to the line of duty. Destiny developer Bungie has verified the identities of the first Guardians to beat hard mode for the Crota’s End raid, which launched earlier today. Bungie User Research has confirmed the World First finishers for the […]

  • All maps and modes for Battlefield Hardline detailed

    A third map and mode has been announced for Battlefield Hardline which means all modes and maps have been revealed. The new mode is Crosshair, a second competitive mode in which a former criminal “turned state’s witness” is on the run. His former buddies, who are criminals, are trying to kill him and the cops […]

  • Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies

    Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, Creative Assembly and SEGA announced today, and probably in joyous fashion, although PR mails never denote the writer’s mood. The quote included from creative lead, Alistair Hope does sound as though he is super pleased with the milestone. “It has been fantastic to watch the reviews come […]