Rumor: Atlus to localize Yakuza 5
posted on 02.02.14 at 10:45 AM EDT by (@salromano)
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Yakuza 5

Atlus might be localizing Yakuza 5 for release in North America, according to the latest issue of EGM.

“The House That Demon Schlong Mara Built is far from dead and looks to keep on churning out great localizations,” the magazine’s Q-Mann wrote in its latest rumor mill. “In fact, the Q-Gangzsta even has this exclusive tidbit: Don’t rule out Yakuza 5 coming to America under the Atlus banner. After some high-rollin’ escapades in the Tokyo underworld during my many TGS trips over the years, the Q is ready for the rest of you to relive some of his thuggin’ and buggin’!”

If true, this shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. Sega recently purchased Atlus’ parent company Index, and Atlus generally localizes even the most niche titles.

Yakuza 5 first launched for PlayStation 3 in Japan in December 2012. It is the second latest Yakuza title, with the newest release being this month’s Yakuza: Ishin for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

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  • Sieghardt

    I really hope this is true but not getting them too high because it’s an EGM rumour and they have a really bad track record with rumours

  • Gariya

    Yes, please. Atlus. Isshin too while you’re at it.

  • Nhiroz

    I’m not holding my breath…

  • Gustavo

    Go Atlus, save us from SEGA. And bring PSO 2 and VC 3 too.

    • Anime10121

      Its FAR too late to even consider VC3, now PSO 2 on the other hand, I have no idea whats the hold up on that… (well other than Sega being complete ass’s to their fanbases).

      • Stacy Connor

        From the last time it was mentioned during an interview, they just felt it wasn’t the right time to release it quite yet. But, with that and Blade & Soul doing pretty much the same dealio, it’s just being pushed further and further out of peoples minds at this point, which is sad. Both of those games are pretty entertaining, it’s just sad we still haven’t seen them come to NA/EU.

        • LordKaiser

          About PSO2, SEGA made a mistake by not releasing it fast. You cannot delay a MMO release like that, even less if you have a PC version.

          Right now with each delay people from other countries are getting on de JP servers and you could say that the core bese is here.

          JP is on Episode 2 now with 4 races and 7 classes with 3 of the 7 to be unlocked. We have a Lv.65 cap with extended skill trees and new Photon Arts and new weapons. Also right now we have a new crafting system to further modify equipment and even change the base attack.

          Also many of the players bought Arc cash and bought stuff.

          So if PSO2 gets released here it must be at least on episode 2 because if it releases from Beta why I would want to spent money and time on it. Most of us have at least 1 class maxed out and most 2.

          • kiri25

            Idk much about PSO 2 but I can’t see how it being an MMO would matter. If the Jp and other Asian ver. are so far advanced then they could easily just set up a NA/EU server so players could start from episode 1 and release episode 2 a few months after releases here in west.

            Of course if the game does not sell well it could end up like wkc not recieving any new updates and killing the game.

            • LordKaiser

              It happened before either with PSO or PSU. The players din’t received all the content.

              PSO2 runs matenience every wednesday (Tuesday in USA) around 10pm on Caribbean time and summer on Eastern Coast. It gets updates each 2 weaks and Seasonal updates who add clothes and stuff.

              For example on Christmas we had a Christmas lobby with Christmas decorations, Christmas emergency quests and Client orders. The costumes are rotated and if you miss the chance to buy them with AC you’ll miss it.

              With that said I doubt they can rush in episode 2 like that as almost everything is seasonal based. The only way is giving twice items per update and I din’t see them doing it.

              I also forgot to say that starting today prepaid cards can be bought at 7 Eleven stations.

      • Gustavo

        It’s never too late, believe!

      • Wolf Star

        I have forgotten about PSO2. Like litterely. But I still remember that FF XV name in my mind. Hmm I just want SE to be done with 13-3 so that we can get XV.

        • DarkLegacy

          “so that we can get XV.”

          And no KH3? O_o

          • Budgiecat

            XV comes first before KH3 you know this!… man!

            • DarkLegacy

              You’re right. It’ll be long before we can see KH3 release

              • Wolf Star

                Yep that’s about right lol

            • HighBrowDrifter

              Err….you mean FF X-3 comes before XV and KH3.

              “Please be excited…for significant delays”
              – Square Anus

      • PrinceHeir

        i would say VC3 might have a VIta version that includes all the DLCs and the Extra Edition on one game as well as the anime selectable on the menu.

        that would be godly though XD

        Phantasy Star Online 2 would be hype as hell!!

        though i want a PS4 version as well!!

        • Anime10121

          I’d like that (a Vita port), but I doubt VC3 sold well enough to justify porting, especially what would essentially be a Game of the Year version (including all DLCs and such).

          But yeah a PS4 port of either would be SO much HYPE, though I doubt either would actually happen :(

          • PrinceHeir

            you never know :P

            Phantasy Star 2 and Nova is in Vita so there’s some possibility either way!!

    • Ultrapieguy

      I certainly hope so… I’ve been waiting for them for forever. ;_;

    • HighBrowDrifter

      Oh god…VC3 alone makes me all kinds of horny…*faints*

    • Nate

      Shinning Hearts too? :)

      • Gustavo

        Of course, the more, the merrier.

  • Anime10121

    You’d think Ishin would be a higher priority, considering its newer, a “fresh start” AND its on multiple platforms… but happy for the people happy…

    On a similar note, a question to Yakuza folks… I was anticipating Ishin coming over and with it essentially being like Kenzan was, a spinoff/reboot where I could just jump into the series to see what its about, I was wandering how “necessary” are the older games if I were to jump in with 5 instead (if it is indeed coming first)? Would anything major be lost on me, considering I’ve barely played anything of its prequels?

    • Gariya

      Yakuza games have summary videos detailing what happened in the previous games in the main menu. Just watch them before playing and you’re good to go.

      My first Yakuza game was Y3.

      • Anime10121

        Thats good to know :D

        So Yakuza 5 has a summary vid explaining what happened in the last 4 games? That’d be nice, and I’m the type that if I like 5 enough I’ll go back and get the previous ones!

        • Budgiecat

          Don’t even think about it….

          You play those older games NOW mister!

        • Pyrofrost

          Budgiecat is right! Just do yourself a favor and play the 4 previous ones too.
          Watching the recaps is like skipping to Monogatari series second season and counting on the three recaps to fill in what you missed previously. Which completely ruins the experience, imo.

          For future reference, it would be best to start to play them in numerical order. Not only for chronology, but to follow gameplay improvements. As you play through the series, the gameplay improves a great deal with each installment; especially from 2 to 3, 3 to 4, and 4 to 5.
          Also, I don’t give a fuck what anyone says, Dead Souls is AWESOME; and is best played after 4, for future reference.

  • Stacy Connor

    I’d love for this to be true, but I can’t help but be cautious at this point.

  • Elvick

    If this isn’t real, then whoever started the rumor… they will die.

    • whiteferrero

      I have prepared demon schlong mara to you-know-what them to death.

      • TheBlackRabbit

        Voodoo plz

    • Karysonson

      One might even say they might start having….”nightmares” or accidentally “fall” into a tv….

  • whiteferrero

    Good guy ATLUS~

  • kirby755

    Leave it to Atlus to give us what we want!!! XD

  • 罪罰


  • Stealth

    believe it when i see it

  • bloodiOS

    Could’ve never seen it coming prior to Sega taking over Index.

  • AlphaSixNine

    All the Q in that statement made me ignore Yakuza and just think “PERSONA Q COMING EARLIER THAN EXPECTED”

    • Auragar

      Hahaha no. Earliest is winter this year. (Even that’s being hopeful.)

      • AlphaSixNine

        I like to think they’ll do what they did with SMTIV. Just 2 months after JP for the US release

        • Auragar

          Sticking with my prediction of winter as the earliest.

  • Budgiecat

    omg this better not be a joke or else…

    • Dick Mountainjoy


  • Auragar

    Doesn’t seem too far fetched but I kind of doubt it. I would hope Atlus would be smart enough to realize its fan base would rather have some of Sega’s RPGs that they are neglecting. In any case, whatever, doesn’t affect me.

    • 罪罰

      PSO2 by Atlus

  • Learii

    Atlus always know what we want <3

  • Eder García

    how about the WiiU Yakuza 1&2 HD as well ATLUS?

    • Gariya

      Nagoshi said Yakuza 1&2 HD on WiiU didn’t do well. Combined with the fact that WiiU is doing poorly in the states. So I doubt it.

      Though strangely, Nagoshi expressed interest to make a Yakuza Vita(Black Panther 3?) despite the platform’s performance.

      • Eder García

        you sir, have a point, but i was saying that because the WiiU needs games.
        Vita is fine in Japan, and is having a momentum in the UK. so no strange Vita having a Yakuza game/spin off in the future.

        • Budgiecat

          Saying the Wii U needs games is like saying we need air to breath

          • TetsuyaHikari

            Soooo… You’re saying games are like oxygen to the Wii U and if it doesn’t get enough, it will die?

            • Budgiecat

              *breathes in*

              *breathes out*


    • Coloso90909

      Nope, better the PS3 version ;).

    • Keegs79

      The Wii U doesn’t need any more ports, especially ones to come Stateside. It won’t do the system any good and that is a bigger risk for Atlus than the niche titles they always release.

    • Elvick

      If they’ve yet to do the PS3 version, that’s not going to happen.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    PSO 2 FOR PS VITA!!!!!
    ugghh, I shall calm down a bit

    • Auragar


    • TetsuyaHikari

      Just go play it on PC with the English patch and save yourself the waiting already.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        I played it, but couldn’t handle the lag of graphic card, need a stronger PC.. that’s why I choose Vita

  • Zukato

    C’mon, show some love for Europe aswell!

  • Alos88

    I’ve been waiting for months for this news, the first thing I do every morning is google for “yakuza localization”, this is a huge relief if it’s true!

  • DarthBrian


  • Alexander Cruz

    Pat Will be happy to hear this :V

  • Miyako Arima


  • MrFinalgamer

    about damn time Sega realized that the had an amazing localization team on their hands! even though i haven’t played the previews games, HYPE!!! maybe a localization for Yakuza 1&2 in the future ;)

  • Archvile

    Let it be true! I need to kick butt with Akiyama some more.

  • tokyobassist
    • Kevadu

      Am I the only one mesmerized by the loop job on that gif? That’s some fine looping.

      • TetsuyaHikari

        Until you notice that white dot in the air that ruins it, lol.

        Other than that, it’s an awesome loop.

  • Chestnut Bowl

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Keegs79

    *sign* here I am getting forced out of navy with high-year tenure and I will be forced to hold back from purchases that I will be aching to buy. I spoil myself too much. Its going to be hard being broke. I would love to get this game.

  • ddsfan2

    This quote doesn’t prove much of anything, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened.

  • Dick Mountainjoy

    I find it so strange a series like Deception is getting localized around the same time as the Japanese launch, but a series as big as Yakuza is a depressing circus to get overseas.

  • [Guillem ]

    Oh please please please!!, that would be a dream come true!

  • HighBrowDrifter
    • zakou

      Name of anime please

      • HighBrowDrifter

        Yuyushiki, Sir or Mlady ;-)

        • zakou

          Thanks a bunch.

  • Pyrofrost

    I’ve been burned too many times by rumors like these during my lifespan as a gamer. I don’t mind chatting it up about this; but unfortunately, I only believe what’s in-front of my eyes. I do not and will not take this seriously or get excited until Sal posts an official announcement article.

  • TetsuyaHikari

    Great, now we can look forward to possibly localizing Ryu ga Gotoku 6 by the time 7 has been out for half a year or longer. Sorry, stuff like this always bothers me. Here was have Ishin releasing this month, yet they want to focus on something that released two years ago.

    Don’t get me wrong, Ryu ga Gotoku 5 was a great game, but it’s just kind of annoying to see them taking so long when it comes to localization (see: Tales of Xillia being localized after Tales of Xillia 2 was already released).

    • Kobracon

      I’m just glad to get it at all….

      • TetsuyaHikari

        Fair enough.

    • Dc1

      I have to progress through the main story arch (Y5) before I see the one off.
      Sooo, yeah, priorities. This is the right approach.

      • TetsuyaHikari

        Yeah, I can see that. I mean, after all… People had to play Yakuza 4 in order to enjoy Of The End/Dead Souls. Oh wait…

        Ryu ga Gotoku 5 and Ishin are unrelated, bro.

  • Kobracon

    please be true please be true please be true please be true please be true please be true please be true please be true please be true please be true please be true

    • TetsuyaHikari

      EGM has hyped shit up before that turned out to be false, so don’t get your hopes up. They’re guilty of doing this quite a few times actually.

  • badmoogle

    Not getting my hopes up.

  • Ace

    This would be nice.

  • Nitraion

    If this is true atlus is good influence to sega…

    • TetsuyaHikari


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  • Elvick

    I think they should do the following in a perfect world;

    Release Yakuza 1 & 2 HD in the west.
    Announce Yakuza 5
    Release Yakuza 3 on PSN.
    Release Yakuza 4 a little later on PSN.
    Release Yakuza 5.
    Release Dead Souls on PSN sometime after the next localization announcement.

    Then keep the ball rolling.

    But who knows if they have the licensing to release it on PSN? :

    • Budgiecat

      You left out localizing Black Panther 1 & 2 for PSN (to play on the Vita), and Shenmue HD Collection (to gear up for PS4 Shenmue III announcement)

  • Nate

    I think it’s a smart move on them. I think it will make them money. Especially with how well sleeping dogs did. I don’t like either games but I think it will make them money.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Yakuza has never made them enough money worth talking about, lol.

      • Budgiecat

        More than the localization of Hatsuni Miku

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Surprise surprise. A KAWAII UGUU DESU JP ONRY rhythm game didn’t sell well in ‘Murica.

          • Budgiecat

            It’s your fault. You’re supposed to help bridge the cultural gaps with the power of understanding…

  • Marco Tinè

    I wouldn’t hold my breath. Atlus hasn’t even made money for SEGA since the recent buyout, so bringing Persona Q and 5 to the SMT fanbase (which is arguably larger than Yakuza’s) seems like a much better place to start. As much as I love Yakuza, and I really do, I’d be *very* surprised to see 5’s localisation confirmed. Someone should knock on Atlus’ doors and see what they think about it.

  • 罪罰

    Quite excited, wanted to replay the demo but it seems SEGA took down everything related to Yakuza 5 or am I just bad at searching? 龍が如くthat’s how you write but nothing.

  • Arkadiusz Ogończyk

    ssssooooooooooo excited! can’t wait!

  • PrinceHeir

    i do hope they bring the HD collection and Ishin as well.

    then maybe it’ll restore my faith to Atlus US due to its past deeds(removal content, bringing other games instead of its parent company *cough cough Eternal Punishment PSP)

    • Budgiecat

      And Shin Yuusha Taisen for PS2

  • PavG

    Atlus do it goddamn it.