More Yakuza 5 details unfold

Upcoming sequel set for PS3 featuring new engine; Sega to search for "Miss Yakuzas" to promote game.

Last October, producer Toshihiro Nagoshi revealed a few small details about the upcoming fifth installment in the Yakuza (Ryu ga Gotoku) series. The producer shared more information on the game's setting in a recent issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Andriasang).

Kiryu Kazuma will be the main protagonist in part five.

The game's narrative picks up after the events of Yakuza 4, and the game's producer will be Masayoshi Yokoyama, who previously worked on scripts and scenarios for past Yakuza titles. Further details regarding multiple protagonists like in Yakuza 4 have yet to be revealed.

Producer Toshihiro Nagoshi said in the article that if the series were like a house, Yakuza 5 would be building a new house instead of adding an extension. The game will take place in a city from each of the five districts in Japan: Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. Nagoshi said that the cities will be just as big as the digital representations of Dotonburi and Ryukyu in previous titles. He also added that the game's engine will be improved to allow seamless battles and conversations, as well as improved camera work.

On a related note, Sega will be touring the aforementioned five cities early next year in search of female candidates for the game. The winning girls will appear in Yakuza 5 representing their respective cities and will promote the game throughout commercials. Eligible contestants in Japan will need to be 18 years or over to participate. After the initial screen test, the auditions will be held from February 18 to March 4, 2012. Sega will be holding an online poll from March to June, with the final winners to be announced in June.

Gamers can check out the recent promotional video of the tour here and the audition page here. A release date for the game has yet to be announced.

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Uiltetwr
Uiltetwr

As long as Shun Akiyama is in it il be happpy or if they release yakuza kenzan with english subtitles ohhhh then il be stoked

xxZiggyxx
xxZiggyxx

love Yakuza series...this is what I've been waiting for...thank you!!! :-D

rhymesmatter
rhymesmatter

I am simply IN LOVE with Ryu ga Gotoku !!! Will always Support the franchise no matter how long they take it :) Go Sega!

Chet_Won
Chet_Won

Can't effin wait for the next one yeahhhh hopefully no taiga

foxymedusa
foxymedusa

i cant wait for five i hope its great and i hope they put 1&2 on psn.

Falcon084
Falcon084

Hey I clicked follow, why wasn't I updated?!

speedeternity1
speedeternity1

hopefully the guy who did "For Faith" will do the soundtrack again for this one

cr8ive
cr8ive

Shenmue series is Yu Suzuki's baby, same SEGA, 2 different producers. I remembered wanting more fights in Shenmue I (and a way to slow the time).. but Shenmue 2 had a lot of fighting in it, because we can only level the moves by using them in fights. Can't wait til Yakuza 5 is released... tho it's going to be quite a wait considering that the Miss Yakuzas won't be announced til June .... :/

risako9
risako9

Haruka should be grown up here (like 17 or something).

Yama
Yama

@Grim_Reaper007 Too many people describe only the first title while Shenmue II improved on pretty much every aspect and was a huge game in comparison. Don't forget Shenmue is only chapter one while Shenmue II covers three through six. It also improved the battle system and there was a ton more fighting, amongst other things to do. Different strokes for different folks, by all means neither series is bad.

j1965
j1965

I ENJOYED THE SERIES VERY ITS ALMOST LIKE U R IN JAPAN! GREAT JOB!

Grim_Reaper007
Grim_Reaper007

@Yama Shenmue was a terrible series, it was all walking and waiting for an exact time in the day to progress with missions, there were only 5 fights or so throughout the entire game, it was SO slow paced and it felt like a chore to play. Yakuza on the other hand is much faster paced with more to do in the game, far better story, more interesting characters and dialog and a better fighting system.

Yama
Yama

I'd prefer the work that goes into this new engine go into Shenmue III instead.

johncena12
johncena12

Can't wait for this game. Although it's going to be another two years for it to be released, but i guess it will be worth it in the the end. Never completed Yakuza 1 and never played Yakuza 2, but I loved Yakuza 3 and 4. From the sounds of things this game will be just as good or even better then the previous titles :)

ChargeMan1991
ChargeMan1991

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punu40
punu40

Wohoo, this is a good news for me, another Yakuza game. For people that hate it, well its your choice, but you miss a one of a kind, unique game...

Charliesix
Charliesix

"He also added that the game's engine will be improved to allow seamless battles and conversations". This is great, because I could never get into the stop and go system of the Yakuza games..

Charliesix
Charliesix

"He also added that the game's engine will be improved to allow seamless battles and conversations"

NeleNel
NeleNel

Thank goodness, my Yakuza 4 disc is starting to get thin from playing it so much. Already excited.

T_U_U_T_A
T_U_U_T_A

i hated yakuza 1 i ddnt get wat was goin it was terible but then i played yakuza 2 then i was like oh yea its gotten better but not that great then i played yakuza 3 and im like oh my gosh this game rules then yakuza off the end Zombies + yakuza = win i love kiryu kazuma now

risako9
risako9

For Yakuza haters; why don't you play your CoD games instead of hating this game?

Legend002
Legend002

This series was never good. Who really care about news for Yakuza?

ChargeMan1991
ChargeMan1991

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Batmantheorphan
Batmantheorphan

How about shenmue 3 rather than all these yakuza games?

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

These games are terribly dated looking and playing, they need to get it together if they want to compete with the AAA games this gen. I think people in the US and Europe aren't interested in Japanese culture either... a Japanese setting makes for uninteresting and ugly games. The building designs are plain and ugly, even the furniture inside is ugly and minimalistic. When you see an article like this get a lot of responses you would think many people are into this game and other Japanese offerings, but it's just that they are more loud and vocal, and the sales from these games prove not a lot are interested outside of Japan.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Brilliant, brilliant news.... I'm still finding time to learn Japanese (inbetween looking after a new baby girl) just so I can play the unedited Japanese versions of Y3 and Y4. I suspect I'm a ways off being fluent enough to do it yet, but I'll get there. I just love the Yakuza series being a massive fan of Shenmue, I really do see a lot of similarities between them.

supertom221
supertom221

Excellent. Yakuza 4 was an amazing game, deserved much more than an 8 for story alone.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

I wonder when the Japanese release is. Can't wait to pick it up ^^

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

I was expecting a March release, as per usual... *sigh* Oh well...

hasancakir
hasancakir

I love cinematics of yakuza series. It is worth to wait :)

TheGuardian03
TheGuardian03

The come out every two or three years actually and are quality games with great japanese dubs.

Ippongi_Ryuta
Ippongi_Ryuta

I wonder if Akiyama will be in this game, he's my favorite character from 4.

gazza_gamerNZ
gazza_gamerNZ

Kiryu Kazuma, one of gaming's great badasses. Everyone should play this series.

cashandcarry
cashandcarry

wahoo, cant wait for miss yakuza. I am going to kabukicho next month, hopefully can meet some real yakuza and got some autograph.

koospetoors
koospetoors

Yakuza 4 was pretty massive to me (referring to the insane amount of content to go through) so I wonder how it will be this time around.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

This is how you actually milk a franchise, Western developers, you make the following sequels better than the last one instead of just copy & pasting like the lazy bums you are.(I'm not gonna name any, but they know who they are ;D)

Gen007
Gen007

@Harrymanhunter I never said they were bad and def didnt mention COD. I actually enjoyed what i had played of yakuza 3. Ive been meaning to pick them up but every time i seem to go there's another one on the way. I hoping they will do a value pack eventually i guess.

Gen007
Gen007

man these yakuza games come out fast dont they.