During a wide-ranging and fascinating interview with SEGA and Yakuza Studio developer, Toshihiro Nagoshi, Edge discovered that there are currently no plans to bring the latest release in the Yakuza series to Western gamers by localising it into English, despite launching in Japan at the end of 2012. Speaking to Edge, Nagoshi said:
“We don’t have a plan [to localise Yakuza 5] at the moment. The Yakuza Studio team is a fixed size, and we have to choose between forging ahead with the next game or localising the one that just came out.”
“This time the size of the game was so large,” Nagoshi continued, “so rather than localising that game we chose to focus our manpower on the new game. But we get asked about it a lot. We get lots of complaints!”
Speaking on whether the newly announced Yakuza Restoration (or Yakuza Ishin, aka Ryu Ga Gotoku: Isshin) would come to the West, Nagoshi said:
“I’d definitely love to reach the whole world, haha, if we have the manpower and the money to do it.”
Doesn’t exactly fill one with confidence, does it?
Are you a fan of the Yakuza series and would you like to eventually see Yakuza 5 playable in English, even only with subtitles?