Even though it’s great to see the series live on after so many years (and console generations), hearing that Yakuza Zero is the next Yakuza game being developed for the PS4 and PS3 in Japan brings the immediate realization that the series may not ever come back to the United States, Canada, Mexico or even Europe any time soon.
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Yakuza Zero would mark the second game in the series to get a release in Japan without a subsequent release in the Western hemisphere. The last game to make it overseas was Yakuza 4, a game released in Japan in March of 2010 and here in North America almost an exact year later in March 2011. However, Ryu ga Gotoku 5 (aka Yakuza 5) came out in Japan on December 6, 2012 and we’ve yet to see or even hear a confirmation about an English localization from publishers at Sega.
Hopefully that’s not the case. Although there is no other information provided other than a name, the hope is that there is more than “Yakuza” Zero chance that the game makes it over here eventually. At the rate consoles and new console games are selling in Japan right now, who knows if the title could sell better in the long run over here, despite it being a Japan-centric game.
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