Yakuza: Ishin announced
posted on 08.18.13 at 05:24 AM EST by (@salromano)
Sega's surprise announcement.

The next game in the Yakuza series is Yakuza: Ishin (Yakuza: Restoration), Sega announced during the series character general election results in Tokyo today.

More than truth, here is “Sakamoto Ryoma.”

Platform and additional details were not announced. Further information is expected in the August 22 issue of Weekly Famitsu. Stay tuned.

Thanks, Famitsu.com.

  • http://insanechronos.tumblr.com/ InsaneChronos

    Just random thoughts: Ishin Shishi, Wii U exclusive, JP only…

    • King-Podigy-X
      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Not surprising since Nintendo had no dealing with the franchise prior to that. It would be like if they released it on 360 in Japan, lol. At least when they put one of the games on PSP, it made sense because it was still on a sony console and most people that support Sony and buy a PS3 will probably have a PSP as well.

        • King-Podigy-X

          I guess they want more money, but bringing Yakuza to the Wii U is not the way. I still feel like Yakuza Ishin will come to both PS4 & Wii U or PS3 & Wii U seeing how they are probably trying to create a bigger fanbase by bringing it to Nintendo, but I just don’t think it will work.

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Yeah, that was a really stupid move. If anything, they should have released it on the eshop or whatever it’s called. Who the hell wants to buy a retail version of a game that’s already out on PS3 and is 5+ years old? Lol.

            Idiots.

            EDIT: Also… Call me a fanboy, but honestly? I don’t really see Ryu ga Gotoku being on a Nintendo console. It’s just… Weird. It feels like it doesn’t belong.

            • Farid Belkacemi

              And Final Fantasy on 360 was weird too I guess, nope ? :p

              • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                Final Fantasy XIII on 360 was three discs. Pretty awkward to have multiple discs for a game in this day and age, so yeah… Weird, lol. Anyway, it did fine in the Western market, but in Japan the 360 is dead (including their mascot San Roku Maru, which simply translates to ‘360’ anyway :P). Ryu ga Gotoku belongs on a Nintendo console as much as Pokemon belongs on PS3.

                It’s just weird, ya know?

          • Elvick

            PS4/Wii U limits what they can do. Unless they’re going to gimp the Wii U version. In which case, why bother? And if they’re going to gimp the PS4 version to shove out the same game on Wii U, then again… why bother with PS4? Just do PS3.

    • http://Xcite79.1up.com/ Keegs79

      Yakuza 5 would have come over here before they made a new Yakuza game exclusive to the Wii U.

    • Namekaze_Minato

      …..its one thing to think that this game could “also” be on the Wii U; and another to think that its a Wii U exclusive.

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    ~still waiting for localization of Yakuza 5~

  • King-Podigy-X

    BOOOOOO!!!!! Where is the localization of Yakuza 5? and I bet this is multiplat.

    • http://Xcite79.1up.com/ Keegs79

      There was nothing pointing for a location of Yakuza 5.

    • Locksus

      Why would you care if it’s multiplat or not?

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        I know, right?

        “More people get to play it?! Fuck this! It was supposed to be mine and only mine!”

        (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

      • King-Podigy-X

        Here we go again with you jumping to conclusions. I don’t care if it’s multiplat, what I care about is the damn localization of Yakuza 5. Where in my sentence did I say I cared about it being multiplat. I was just stating it being multiplat since the HD collection came to the Wii U. Maybe next time don’t jump to conclusion Sherlock Holmes.

        • Locksus

          Well judging from the context of your initial comment and general negative behaviour, it seemed like you DIDN’T want the game to be multiplat.

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Yeah. It seemed like a backhand remark to me too, haha. You know, like the guy in the crowd rolling his eyes, trying to slip it in casual-like?

            “I bet this is muliplat too.”

            Like it’s a bad thing or something, but they don’t specifically STATE it’s a bad thing, lol. Either way, I’m really not surprised that Sega of America hasn’t localized Ryu ga Gotoku 5 since Of the End (i.e. Dead Souls) sold so poorly.

            • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

              Well, as MS finally swallowed their pride and are using BluRay there’s no need to worry about the quality of RGG Ishin, even if it goes multiplat. I still doubt it though, as the series is widely associated with PlasStation and I assume the relationship SEGA and SCE established might help to keep it exclusive.

              It is a Japanese game series to the core so I doubt SEGA see any margins of profitability by releasing on XO as well. There’s no English voice acting either (it wouldn’t work and it would’ve been expensive as fuck considering the sheer volume of the dialogues) so I’m certain many Americans (where Xbox is strongest worldwide, after all) would be put off anyways.

              I honestly don’t care, as long as they keep producing them. The games are entertaining and give Europeans/Americans a glimpse of Japan.

              • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                Yeah, it won’t be on XBOX One because XBOX One isn’t even releasing in Japan :3

                Japan couldn’t give a shit about Microsoft, lol. The only reason Japanese gamers have a 360 is iDOLM@STER and Monster Hunter, and those have both been ported (or will be ported) to PS3, so less of a reason to own one now.

                • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

                  To me XO seems like an American console aimed squarely at an American audience. I’m actually surprised MS have future plans to release the system in Japan at all. I’ll just lean back and enjoy the show. I do not wanna see MS/XO fail but I’m eagerly anticipating how their customers will respond to the decisions they made and how they communicated their vision for the console.

                  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                    Have they actually stated they have plans to release it in Japan? Last I heard, Japan wasn’t even getting it.

                    • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

                      MS said on record that Japan is one of those “lower priority” phased out territories. Late 2014 is my best guess. Last time I checked Japan was supposed to get the system after it launches in the rest of Asia. It’s a dubious decision but I guess lots of Japanese devs would not even bother tackling XO versions of their games if the system was not available in their home country.

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      Ah, okay then. Well, news to me. I don’t really see it doing well though, much like the 360. Japan is mostly interested in handhelds/mobile anyway (3DS, Vita, iOS, etc.).

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Hope to see a trailer reveal at TGS :3

    • VaultBreaker

      Is this a spinoff like Kenzan?

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Did you skip this? :P

        >Shinsengumi

  • Awnye

    Shinsengumi game for PS4? My body is ready (thank God PS4 is region free!)

    • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

      Fuck yea! We already got Kenzan (Edo Period), so this might turn out awesome as well. Heck, whom am I kidding, all the Ryû ga gotoku games are awesome. A Vita title would be appreciated too, considering how good the two PSP titles (Kurohyô) were.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        I wouldn’t mind a Vita/PS3 release. I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t bother me if it was Vita exclusive though, haha. I just tend to prefer games on PS3 since I can’t play games as long on Vita. It hurts my neck after an hour or so, looking down at the screen ><

      • Awnye

        The Tokugawa Shogunate/Meiji Restoration are my favorite eras in Japanese history, lots of epic sh*t goes down. This game will be amazing.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Yeah, I was really hoping that’s the direction they would take Sengoku Basara in since they could no longer go forward in history, really. I’d love to have a Shinsengumi Basara or something of the sort. I think that would be pretty neat.

        • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

          I like you, mate =)

  • $48552495

    Of course i wont this to be true but, bet this wont localized just like Kenzan. Fuck SEGA.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Don’t me mad, man. I’d bring it over if I could :P

      • Matastig

        Give it to me now! :P

      • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

        Sweet, u got the original print, I only got the cheaper re-print (yellow Best! series).

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Go original or go home ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

          Seriously though, I tracked down an original print in mint condition a few years later, haha.

          • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

            I bought mine at amazon.co.jp (new and sealed) alongside Tales of Vesperia (new and sealed as well) :P

    • Matastig

      No no fuck western gamers who keeps bashing Japanese, can you blame them now?

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Fuck Sega of America*

      Fixed.

      • VaultBreaker

        Why america though ? I mean Some of Atlus games didn’t make it to europe in the past. Is it really pure the branch fault and not the Japan center at all?

        • VaultBreaker

          And yeah I said Atlus only for comparison.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          To be fair… Negotiations must be initiated by the foreign company if they wish to localize an “import”. Now, that’s not to say that foreign companies never make the first move to see their games released on Western soil (see: Kojima Productions), but that’s more of a friendly gesture than anything. They don’t HAVE to do that.

          Once they have made the game for their own country, anything to get sales outside of that is simply out of courtesy. So yeah, I blame Sega of America for not taking the first step forward to make this happen. Same thing goes with Phantasy Star Online 2. I’m not sure what the hell happened there, but Sega of America probably just stopped caring after a certain point and ceased negotiations.

          If they don’t see a profit in it, they’re not going to bring it over. (see: Valkyria Chronicles 3, Yakuza 5, Kenzan!, etc.). All they seem to care about is the next big Sonic game and their PR department has proven that by doing a shitty job of promoting any of the Yakuza games (thus the terrible sales).

  • Namekaze_Minato

    Localization and translation this time please.(subtitles would be enough)

  • http://lukalovesgames.blogspot.de/ Alkaid

    We need 5 first and..Kenzan and then this. Though I have no freakin idea how to convince Sega to at least bring it to the PSN store, if a phisical release is too pricey. *brooding*
    I know importing is possible but most people aren’t particularly good with japanese kanji/hiragana/Katakana.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Well, the Hiragana and Katakana are the easy ones. Ryu ga Gotoku just uses a lot of Kanji in their games though… Even more so when you’re in Feudal Japan, heh.

      • http://lukalovesgames.blogspot.de/ Alkaid

        urgh, as a gamer… that would feel like a total loss… ~ ~”
        Hopefully SEGA decides to localize it…
        If not, hardcore lerning is in order, since a life without a series like Ryu Ga Gotoku would be boring.

  • HighBrowDrifter

    Give me MUSASHI MIYAMOTO!…..No, but in all seriousness, whip-out the localization SEGA…..was not fun playing Kenzan in Japanese!

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    I set my alarm for 4am to cover this and woke up an hour later.

    sob, lol

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      I remember doing this when I was writing articles too actually, lol. Hell, most times I’d just stay awake. It was just easier that way since I was their import guy and most of that news came in the wee hours of the night for me (12:00 A.M. – 6:00 A.M. or so).

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        I gotta sleep. xD

  • MosquitoLemon

    DOH! I knew I forgot to get something in Japan – Kenzan!! Well, this is surprising.

  • PrinceHeir

    he looks so badass :)

    now we can get a Way of the Samurai like game with Yakuza gamplay style and RPG mechanics :)

    awesome!

  • bloodiOS

    Cross-gen, please.

  • Pyrofrost

    Day one purchase for sure ^_^

  • EX+

    This better not be a multiplat.

  • Budgiecat

    Shenmue III please

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Shenmue =/= Ryu ga Gotoku

      ww