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Tons of Yakuza News; No U.S. Plans Yet

by Eric Frederiksen | July 23, 2012July 23, 2012 11:00 am PST

It’s been a big week for fans of SEGA’s Yakuza series. While most Western eyes have been focused firmly on the monstrous Steam Summer Sale, we’ve been watching Yakuza news trickle out with increasing excitement.

Earlier last week, news about the next game, Yakuza 5, was coming fast with information about the mini-games and cast.

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Then, just as soon as SEGA accidentally leaked information about an HD release of the first two games, they had a trailer ready to go for Japanese fans. Maybe the leak wasn’t so accidental.

In hits faster than Kazuma’s lightning-fast kicks, Japan’s Famitsu magazine dropped a news story on the release and some screenshots clearly displaying just how much of an upgrade the PlayStation 2-generation titles are getting.


Hardly a clean comparison, but the ever-present jaggies from the earlier titles are obviously gone.

We reached out to SEGA PR for some updates on what this means to us American fans of the series:

… unfortunately it was the first we’ve heard of [the HD release] too; there are no plans to bring Yakuza west as far as we are aware.

This isn’t the first time fans of the series have been left wondering about the fate of their favorite criminals, though. At one time, a member of SEGA PR had stated definitively that Yakuza 3 would never hit US shelves. SEGA quickly retracted the statement with a less extreme ‘no confirmation or denial’ statement. Since Yakuza 3, both Yakuza 4 and the disappointing Yakuza: Dead Souls have made it over, hope is still bright for Yakuza 5 and Yakuza HD. SEGA’s keeping quiet.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...