Sega teases upcoming 'surprise announcement' for Yakuza series

Sega is preparing for a "surprise announcement" at the upcoming Yakuza Character General Election event in Japan; fans speculate possible reveal of PS3, PS4, or Vita games.

Sega Japan has teased that it will be making a "surprise announcement" possibly tied to the Yakuza series on August 18, according to a report by Gematsu (via NeoGAF).

The news, which will coincide with the reveal of the Yakuza Character General Election results, will take place at the Alta Vision screen located outside the Shinjuku train station east entrance at 5pm local time.

No details have been given, leading to speculation from series devotees that the publisher may be set to announce a new Ryu ga Gotoku game (Yakuza 6) for either the PlayStation 3, upcoming PlayStation 4, or PS Vita. Earlier this year, Sega announced its plans to port the first and second Yakuza games to Nintendo's Wii U, for release in Japan.

There are currently no announced plans to localise Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume, Kanaeshi Mono (Yakuza 5) for Western audiences. The most recent game in the franchise to be released outside of the territory was 2012's Yakuza: Dead Souls, which received a lukewarm reception.

Yakuza producer Toshihiro Nagoshi has previously indicated an interest in bringing the franchise to Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld.

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91210user
91210user

I do think it's funny that Yakuza Dead Soul borrows alot from Binary Domain! I really hope Sega doesn't blame no localization on the poor sales of Dead Souls because I think that would be unfair on us! Binary Domain was a good game.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Dear god.....I'd love to hope for a localization of 5, but I'm not quite sure they'd announce that at an exclusive Japanese event (I'm tooking to TGS for that). But I wouldn't mind if they said they'll have new PS4 or Vita title! ^_^

swantn5
swantn5

could be a next gen yakuza game but come on binary domian 2! 

bezza2011
bezza2011

Please Please Please be shemnue and not this horse Sh*t i mean seriously this game is boring the graphics are awful the fighting is just bad very very bad, the story hmmmmmm not great alot of rubbish filler, who ever says these are good games has never played shemnue, and they are trying to pass this piece of c**p as the new shemnue. 

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

The stories and character development for the Yakuza games are excellent, but they need to update the fighting system.  Sleeping Dogs had a excellent fighting system, maybe take some ideas from that game, but keep it Japanese.  I also hope Yakuza 5 is released, but the fighting system really needs a redesign.  It would also have been nice to have seen Yakuza 1 & 2 on the PS3.

shadowdoggg
shadowdoggg

Its ending and you are going to do Shenmue instead?

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Sega screw this stupid game and give us the announcement we really, really, REALLY want to hear and that is you getting back into the console business.

xxZiggyxx
xxZiggyxx

They better give us Yakuza 5 for western audience!!! I've been looking forward to it and I will be disappointed if they don't make it.

csward
csward

I like Yakuza, but they could modernize the fighting system. I plays very ridgedly (perhaps intentionally, but I didn't care for it). 

Better localization will be nice, if turns out to be better than 4. 

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Remind me why an announcement for a game series long since dead to the western world warrants an article? What next, an article on "Mother 3 Still Not Translated"?

0m39AX
0m39AX

I want Yakuza 5 on PS3, Yakuza 6 on PS4 or XB1, or... SHENMUE 3 ON WHATEVER SYSTEM, PLEASE!! 

j1965
j1965

I brought a PS3 for the yakuza  series damn it give us 5 OK!!!!!!!!!

Kane04
Kane04

Sega, you wanna tease an upcoming 'surprise announcement'?

SHENMUE III

That is all,

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

It's not really a surprise anymore if you tell everyone about it...

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

Please god let it be Kenzan... I know it's a pipe dream but please...

Andrew Richtmeyer
Andrew Richtmeyer

Oh, a collection of the games for the PC, via retail stores and digital outlets. (that would be a "surprise" announcement.)

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'd rather have a sequel to Binary Domain. I really enjoyed that game.

videogamer008
videogamer008

respectfully saying this:  i have Yakuza 3 and 4 but honestly i did not like them.... no it wasnt the game, it was that when the characters talked with each other, the words came up in a box and they didn't interact like in how games should.... i DID love the japanese style of the game but could you bring some english into it.... i dont know how to explain this... i love the Japan style but have characters speaking in Japanese but have english... i dont know what im saying... scratch that.. sorry to disrespect you guys....

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Well why don't they give us Yakuza 5. Its really going to be depressing if they announce more and we still don't get Yakuza 5. It would be nice if they can throw us a bone.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

all ready beat Yakuza 5 so i'm ready^W^

MetrosexualVaan
MetrosexualVaan

Great, another game I desperately want, but will never be localized. Can't wait!

D-run
D-run

"We are pleased to announce Yakuza 6 and that Ryo Hazuki will be a playable character in the game for those who pre-order." 

A guy can dream right? I only hope that before I die, Shenmue 3 will finally be made. Sega cannot just leave the series on a cliffhanger ending like that.

John Ace
John Ace

oh boy i want yakuza 5 damn

eloymym
eloymym

Just in case, It seems we should start  to learn japanese, to play Yakuza 5.

zepfya
zepfya

More games that the US will never see, who cares.

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

PSO2 Vita Western release date please.

ioshilee
ioshilee

You'd better give us Ryu ga Gotoku 5, Sega! And Kenzan!, for Gods sake!

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

How about a surprise announcement for us western fans of the series. "We haven't completely abandoned you!" That one would sure be a surprise.

Super_Tramp
Super_Tramp

I wonder how much the character designs will change when Shenmue 3 comes out on PS4? I'm excited to find out.

Badmutha
Badmutha

@bezza2011 Yeah I'm looking forward to a lot more of this:

Ryo: "Did you see a black car come through here?"

[long-ish pause]

Shopkeeper: "A BLACK car?"

Ryo: "Did you see anything  weird on that day?"

[ ]

Shopkeeper: "On THAT day?"

Also, rooting through sock drawers was the bomb so yeah.

Cappuccin0
Cappuccin0

@DeViLzzz I don't wanna hear that. I wanna hear about Yakuza 5 getting localized.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@j1965 Hell yeah, me too (well and for Tekken BEFORE it got announced as going multiplat....)!

C'mon Sega....I tryin' to throw the money at cha'! Dammit, localize 5 and take it!

killip
killip

@videogamer008 Just play the first game, that was in English dub.

Funny enough, I normally like Jap with Eng subs, but the voice acting was so good in the first game I was a little disappointed they didn't continue that way.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

@Mkeegs79but my guess is they may want to see how well Hatsune Miku Project Diva F dose as  Haruka's story plays just like the games

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@MetrosexualVaan Hatsune Miku Project Diva F is getting localized so there is still a small chance. Sega doesn't seem like they been releasing these games in a timely manner and if they are going by the zombie focused title than they are stupid. It obviously didn't sale well because of its quality when a numbered title is what we want.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

@ioshilee I doubt Kenzan will ever happen due to the subject material.  After all the opening scene has underage girls being sold to brothels... American audiences just can't handle that, right?  History be damned!  It never happened, it never happened!

We can dream though, right?

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@Super_Tramp You all want a Shenmue game but dont even seem to realize that Yakuza is just like minus all the QTEs.

D-run
D-run

@Super_Tramp Ever since I saw that photo of Yu Suzuki with Mark Cerny, My hopes for Shenmue 3 have gone up a little. As Shenmue fans, one thing we do know is patience lol.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@BillyColeman @Mkeegs79 Its a completely different game. I don't see how the can gauge any interest on a game that would interest different people.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

@Mkeegs79 @MetrosexualVaan I'm sure Yakuza 5 will get to NA/EU at some point soon as well as {we can hope} Yakuza 1/2 HD. Don't see why Sega bring Hatsune Miku over but not the rest of Yakuza and i can tell you right now Yakuza 5 will do very well as it has the most to do out of any of the games i beat it 3 times and still play it^^


BillyColeman
BillyColeman

@Mkeegs79 @BillyColeman Lol go look at Haruka's story  and see for your self yes it's true it's a very different game but her story is a lot like the Hatsune Miku games and to bring her story state side they need to see how a game like diva dose:P