Yakuza 5 is one of the many victories of localization over the last year. Like Fatal Frame for the Wii U and Legend of Legacy, many thought it was not possible for SEGA to bring this one to its English speaking fans, but thanks to a loud community and no doubt a lot of convincing from dedicated fans behind the series, this will be a reality.
The game’s most recent appearance is in an interview from Gio Corsio of SCEA’s third-party production who sits down and talks with General Director Toshihiro Nagoshi and Producer Masayoshi Yokoyama. Together, they discuss the themes behind the Yakuza series, the creative process, and how they were fascinated with organized crime in the first place.
Yakuza 5 spans five cities, making it without question the largest to date. Each protagonist, including longtimer Kazuma Kiryu, plays out his or her story in each city, further opening up SEGA’s perfect rendition of a digital modern Japan. You know, because life does exist in Japan outside of Tokyo. Kiryu’s posse will also travel to Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo and Fukuoka.
Sadly, my city of Kobe is not interesting or popular enough, even though we do have the largest Yakuza family in Japan. Seriously, two stations away from my house.
Yakuza 5 will be released for the PlayStation 3 this coming winter. Yakuza 4 is currently on sale for $5.99 though the Sonic & Friends sale on PlayStation Store for anyone who needs to catch up.