The next Yakuza game is for PS4 and PS3
posted on 07.01.14 at 07:41 AM EDT by (@salromano)
It's not a spin-off, this week's Famitsu confirms.

Yakuza: Ishin

The next Yakuza game will be a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 title, this week’s Famitsu confirms.

Speaking with the magazine, series supervisor Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Masayoshi Yokoyama said the game is not a spin-off, such as Yakuza: Ishin or Yakuza: Dead Souls. But whether it’s a new numbered title has yet to be announced.

The pair also say bustling urban environments will be a thing, and that they hope to make a game that their target male audience can enjoy. They’re currently holding auditions for men to portray some of the game’s city dwellers.

A release date was not announced.

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  • Articuno76

    Yeah. I anticipated this could happen. The Japanese are slow on the uptake with new hardware, many of them only developing in earnest for the PlayStation 3 now (having moved on from the PSP).

    Still, hopefully the game is made to take more advantage of the new systems than simply a higher resolution/framerate. Maybe better lighting or more effects? Or high poly versions of the character models used in-game? I’d love to see those cutscene character models in game. Or larger texture maps/more detailed textures that actually take advantage of 1080.

    • kurosan9712

      Having moved on from the PSP? Have you seen PSP release list in Japan? It still goes till 02/26/2015.

      • Articuno76

        Ahaha. True. Having been “relunctantly pried away from the PSP” might be a more accurate phrase :P

        • Budgiecat

          or…”making games for mobile phone”


          Japan: please stop sucking

    • Budgiecat

      Most likely it’ll just be another Ishin PS3/PS4 affair (moderate enhancements).

      But I imagine if its a main title, they will aim for a larger world than Y5 as Nagoshi had stated in an interview a while ago…

  • TrueDefault

    They must have used Ishin as a test to see how well their engine would do on the PS4. I’m hoping it’d be even bigger than Yakuza 5.

    Although, this statement seems unnecessary to me: “a game that their target male audience can enjoy”. Yakuza has good looking men and very well written plot, I think women enjoyed them as well.

    • Guest

      The “people” in the text above should be translated as “men”.

      The source says many male players expressed they too wanted to appear in the game. The developers, wanting to make a game that men could enjoy, decided to respond to the wishes of those male players by casting them as NPCs in the game.

      • TrueDefault

        Ah I see… Too bad the audition only takes place in Japan.

  • Elle

    Wasn’t Yakuza 5 based off a new engine for ps3? It was different from 3 and 4 if I remember correctly. I see them milking ps3 till 2017.

    • Budgiecat

      and we’ll probably have a Persona 6 for PS3 as well….

      • Pyrofrost

        I’m almost 100% sure this will be the case.

      • Elle

        Yes plz and not a bunch of persona spin offs or complete editions. Go straight to p6 like p3 to p4.

    • Guardian Byakko

      Not sure if I agree with “milking” an actual system or not, but everyone has an opinion.

    • Pyrofrost

      If a justifiable amount of people are still willing to buy new games for it, why not?

      • Elle

        I don’t really care either way. I still find yakuza 4 graphics impressive on ps3.

  • kurosan9712

    This article proves I STILL don’t need a PS4, ha-ha-ha. Sony, wait another year or two for me to buy your crap.

    • Elvick

      PS4 isn’t crap. Gamers and their hyperbole. Like the sun and sky.

      PS4 OS alone is reason to ditch PS3. PS3 is soooo slooooooow and oudated. It’s hard to use now. But you’ve never touched a PS4 so wouldn’t know.

      • kurosan9712

        I don’t care for that, lol.
        I care for GAMES. PS4 has no games, and I still have a ten or a few 10s of games to play on PS3, and more are being released in Japan for me.

        • Zero

          That might be true, but does that justify posting a comment putting the PS4 down? I just don’t see the need in that. It’s those types of comments that start needless flame wars, or get people upset when it could have easily been avoided.

        • Elvick

          Yeah, who cares if games run better, look better and have more features and a better controller? You sure care about games. Wanting the worst experience possible.

          • kurosan9712

            When people say “run better” I can only laugh.
            I’m one of the lucky bunch whose eyes don’t see over 25-30FPS in general(But in all honesty, I barely see the difference between 20 and 25 too, lower, however is different), so “better” performance is inexistant for me.

            And I care for amount too, so a console with ONE game, which is unreleased(PS4 for me, yeah) is a waste of money for me.

  • Northstar

    PS3….. This guy is hard to die

  • Budgiecat

    held down by cross gen…

    Its not like Yakuza Kenzan! and Yakuza 3 were cross gen (even though PS2 was still mad popular in 2008/2009)

  • shogunknight

    Bah, still not confident about ps4 in japan yet, understandable but expect the game to look exactly like isshin on ps4. Well, its not like the game is even coming english so why bother.

  • Ace

    I hope Yakuza 5 makes it out here too.

  • Lara Croft

    The last game was pretty good. I was hoping for a PS4 only game. But seeing how the PS3 is still quite popular in Japan. It’s quite understandable.

    • ShadowFang

      Not to mention, it’s still probably prohibitively expensive to develop a full-on PS4 game engine for a team like SEGA’s Ryo Ga Gotoku developer.

      I mean, they’re even pretty dang successful. But with Japanese game sales being the way they are now (very poor overall), I doubt even Yakuza Ishin & Yakuza 5 sold well enough to bankroll the massive amount of engineering needed for a PS4-only Yakuza title.

      GTAV sold over 11 million copies in a day. That gives Rockstar plenty of cash to invest in their “next gen games”. Yakuza Ishin has sold 130k+ copies on PS4/300k+ copies on PS3 (according to some quick Googling). That’s not nearly enough for Sega to do the same.

  • Keegs79

    Doesn’t matter. We won’t get it…