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Yakuza 5 - Coming to NA in Summer 2015


#1 Supplice   Mmhmm CAGiversary!   1687 Posts   Joined 5.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 01:21 AM

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Today is a very special and exciting day for all of us at SEGA. Partnering with our friends at Sony Computer Entertainment America, we just revealed our plan to bring Yakuza 5 to the U.S. and Europe at PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas. We also announced that Yakuza 4 and Yakuza: Dead Souls are available on PlayStation Network starting today.
 
We’ve received so many requests from our fans to bring Yakuza 5 to the U.S. and Europe. Yakuza 5 also made the top of the list of Sony’s #BuidingTheList campaign led by Gio Corsi at Sony Computer Entertainment and we were moved by all the support given to Yakuza 5 by the PlayStation community.
 
Yakuza 5 continues the epic story of Kazuma Kiryu alongside four other protagonists, following their struggles and conflicts in the seedy underbelly of Japan’s Yakuza underworld. Featuring a new graphics engine versus its predecessor, Yakuza 5 takes players to five major Japanese cities to venture through a life of crime and power.
 
Yakuza 5 features more mini-games than previous titles, a modified battle system as well as enhanced customizations and interactions in the signature hostess bars of the series. In addition to these features, Yakuza 5 also introduces “Another Drama” which is a series of side stories that focus on each protagonist in-depth and are separate from the main story of the game.
 
Allow me to also share messages from Toshihiro Nagoshi, the Executive Director of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and the General Producer of the Yakuza series and Masayoshi Yokoyama, the Producer of Yakuza 5.
 
Toshihiro Nagoshi (Executive Director and General Producer)
 
“After receiving so many requests from fans of the series, we have decided to bring Yakuza 5 to the US and Europe. This title was enjoyed by over one million gamers in Japan. I’m looking forward to seeing how Yakuza 5 will be received by the gamers in the U.S. and Europe. ”
 
Masayoshi Yokoyama (Producer)
 
“Yakuza 5 is the largest and most definitive version of the Yakuza series. The game is filled with depictions of the Japanese way of life, culture, trends, social issues and dreams. You will play as 5 different main characters with a range of different ages, genders and professions and experience their challenges through a variety of character focused, in-depth stories. I hope you can immerse yourself in our rendition of modern time Japan. ”
 
Yakuza 5 will be available exclusive to PlayStation 3 via PlayStation Network in 2015. 

 

 

 

 

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Old tidbits about Yakuza 5

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#2 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   19803 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 23 November 2011 - 04:18 AM

Sounds good, especially the part about the new technology. Playing through Yakuza 4 now and the series has always felt archaic in regards to presentation (stiff/slow menus, slow character actions/interactivity outside of combat, battle load times).

And I hope we don't have to play as multiple characters in the next game. None of these characters are as fun as Kazuma.

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#3 Dahk   Words are Wind CAGiversary!   1457 Posts   Joined 5.9 Years Ago  

Posted 23 November 2011 - 02:57 PM

I just started playing Yakuza 4 the other day. This is a great series and I will definitely purchase this when it comes out

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#4 uncle5555   Grumpy Veteran CAG CAGiversary!   1415 Posts   Joined 10.2 Years Ago  

Posted 23 November 2011 - 10:30 PM

I dunno if I'm going to take the plunge on 5 yet or not. I own 1-4 and am going to get Dead Souls next year, but I've never played any of them save for periods of about an hour or so because I haven't had enough time to give to one of them properly.

The last one I played for decent amount of time was Of the End JPN demo at my nephews. I mean I know what the series is like I just haven't explored enough knowledge to have a good feeling of what a complete Yakuza experience is like. I know I hang my head in shame for not playing any of them yet.
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#5 Supplice   Mmhmm CAGiversary!   1687 Posts   Joined 5.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 04:34 AM

The 5 main characters will be Kiryu, Saejima, Akiyama, Haruka, and newcomer Tatsuo Shinada. Currently the game is 70% complete and planned for release this December in Japan. No word yet on localization to US/EU.


Kiryu Taxi Driver Missions

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Something happens between now and December 2012, leaving Yakuza series tough guy a taxi driver down in Fukuoka. We still don't know what puts Kazuma behind the wheel, but today Sega did provide screens and details showing how the taxi component figures into the game.

As we detailed a few weeks back, you'll be able to take on "missions" where you transport customers to their destination. Passengers will give you instructions, like drive safely, or drive as fast as possible, or follow that car!, and you'll have to do as told.

You'll also have to converse with passengers, counseling them in their problems. It also looks like Kazuma will encounter some tough clients, including drunks and criminals who try to rob him.

Kazuma will also get into race battles with a street gang called Devil Killer -- sometimes even during a transport mission! Your goal here is to outpace your rival, making use of drifts for fast cornering. As one would expect of a Yakuza game, you'll be able to make use of Heat Action moves to pull ahead of your rival.

The game also has a car customization component. You can set your car's body color stickers, tires, and even the music that plays during races.



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#6 Calinks   Chief Executive of St. Paul CAGing CAGiversary!   1077 Posts   Joined 5.6 Years Ago  

Posted 07 July 2012 - 04:43 AM

I love this series. It really is my favorite franchise on the Playastation. What I am really hoping for is a beefed up coliseum and a more in depth fighter trainer mode like we got in Yaluza 4. I love all that tournament stuff.

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#7 anotherpoorgamer   Bird's Nest Hair CAGiversary!   4735 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 01:59 PM

December for Japan, so that means if we do get a localization it will be in 2013. Guessing in the late summer at the earliest, so about a year from now.

Can't wait, still have to play through Yakuza 4. Also, have to get and play Dead Souls.

#8 Supplice   Mmhmm CAGiversary!   1687 Posts   Joined 5.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 11:37 AM

For those that want to import like me, Yakuza 5 releases in Japan on December 6 for 8,800 yen. Until they announce a localization date, here are two new trailers that features the new engine, characters, modes/activities, and storyline (2nd video).




#9 Supplice   Mmhmm CAGiversary!   1687 Posts   Joined 5.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 03:16 PM

Sega CCO: No current plans for Yakuza 5 in the West

 

Sega Sammy CCO Toshihiro Nagoshi recently told Edge that the Yakuza development team is focusing on their Japan-exclusive PS3 and PS4 launch title, Yakuza Ishin, rather than localizing 2012's Yakuza 5 for Western audiences. Ishin is a spin-off set in the late Edo period in Japan and will feature some form of Vita Cross-Play.
 
Nagoshi explained that due to the Yakuza team's size, they decided to pass up working on a port of Y5 to focus solely on Ishin. Nagoshi feels that he and his team "owe it to PlayStation fans" for Ishin to be a PS4 launch title, "even if it means a bit of pressure."
 
Nagoshi expressed interest in localizing Ishin for other territories, provided the Yakuza team finds the manpower and money to do so. Yazuka: Dead Souls was the last game in the series to be launched outside of Japan.
 
 
Interview Source: Edge


#10 Kazaganthi   Blue Rogue CAGiversary!   1947 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 29 September 2013 - 11:44 PM

I'm so glad Sega bought Atlus...wait no I'm not!



#11 McFryyyyyy   Ninja Gaiden speedrunner CAGiversary!   3122 Posts   Joined 7.0 Years Ago   Has been playing New Super Mario Bros. 2
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Posted 30 September 2013 - 10:13 PM

Still don't know what all they have to do other than translation. This was one of my favorite series this gen really sucks that we aren't getting it.


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#12 anotherpoorgamer   Bird's Nest Hair CAGiversary!   4735 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:22 AM

This is disappointing, but I can wait for a port of Yakuza 5.  I would prefer it be on PS3 as I don't have any plans, on getting a Wii U (Japan got a port of Yakuza 1 and 2 HD) or a PS4 right at this moment.  My backlog will compensate for the wait.



#13 mitch079   It's an ILLUSION! CAGiversary!   8352 Posts   Joined 11.0 Years Ago   Has been playing BEYOND: Two Souls
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Posted 02 October 2013 - 02:24 AM

I'm so glad Sega bought Atlus...wait no I'm not!

Maybe Atlus will want to do the translation?


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#14 Kazaganthi   Blue Rogue CAGiversary!   1947 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 02 October 2013 - 10:03 PM

Maybe Atlus will want to do the translation?

That's one of my hopes, that Atlus will convince or ask to take over some Sega titles for importing. But everyone is saying that Atlus USA is redundant to Sega of America, so Sega would likely shut down Atlus USA. It's all speculation but as far as officially known, only Atlus JPN is safe with the "Nothing will change here" comments.

 

Oh, and to pile on some bad news: Sega of America layoffs confirmed just today

http://www.joystiq.c...ber-of-layoffs/



#15 Supplice   Mmhmm CAGiversary!   1687 Posts   Joined 5.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 07:34 PM

Yakuza 5 finally being localized to NA - Summer 2015.



#16 ID2006   "Klaymen, up here!" CAGiversary!   504 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Posted 06 December 2014 - 08:09 PM

:hot:  : "Quickly, lad! Turn the 'excitement' relief valve!"

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:)  : "That was a dangerous level of excitement, sir."

 

 

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees! This is perhaps the best gaming news I could have reasonably hoped for. Honestly, I was starting to lose all hope. Finally. :whee: :D/ :bouncy:

 

Ok, now I can chill a bit.

 

:cold: :-



#17 Supplice   Mmhmm CAGiversary!   1687 Posts   Joined 5.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 09:52 PM

It's digital only



#18 whoknows   Time and Eternity for all of time and eternity CAGiversary!   35395 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago   Has been playing Time and Eternity
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Posted 06 December 2014 - 09:54 PM

The localization is the best news of the year!


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Thanks you are truly a pillar of the community!

 

It's because of pillars like you, I remain in this community.  Thank you!

 

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#19 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   19803 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 06 December 2014 - 10:58 PM

It's digital only

Bah! Oh well, not buying it until it's $5 then. 


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#20 starmask2k3   CAG MASTER'S Trading Ban   12505 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 06 December 2014 - 11:23 PM

Is it ps3 only or will it be ps4 too

Edited by starmask2k3, 10 December 2014 - 08:40 AM.


#21 McFryyyyyy   Ninja Gaiden speedrunner CAGiversary!   3122 Posts   Joined 7.0 Years Ago   Has been playing New Super Mario Bros. 2
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Posted 07 December 2014 - 12:35 AM

Best news all year quite possible my favorite series.  Sad that it is Digital so might get a share of it for 20$ though.


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#22 Dead of Knight  

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 06:31 PM

Incredible.  Don't even care that it's digital.  This is a miracle.  Thank you Sony, they probably had to agree to front the localization costs for this because Sega are a bunch of assholes.


RIP Hiroshi Yamauchi

This is the greatest thing ever. Certainly in the OTT at least.


#23 anotherpoorgamer   Bird's Nest Hair CAGiversary!   4735 Posts   Joined 9.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 03:14 PM

OMFG!  I didn't know this was coming.  This might have to be my first pre-order/day 1 digital purchase.