Yakuza series shipments top 5 million

Sega reveals Japan-based crime drama has hit penta-platinum milestone in global sales; zombie-themed Of the End ships 400,000.

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While the Yakuza series is a proverbial sales juggernaut in Japan, it is slowly gaining sales steam in the rest of the world. This is evident in Sega's recent announcement: The Yakuza series has shipped more than 5 million copies worldwide. The publisher also announced that it has shipped 400,000 copies of Yakuza: Of the End, a zombie-themed alternate story based on the long-running franchise.

Yakuza + zombies = money.

Yakuza: Of the End features main protagonist Kiryu Kazuma, who is tasked with exploring a postapocalyptic, zombie-flooded version of Kamurocho. The game's action is now resolved using guns and firearms, which is unorthodox for the series known for intense fisticuffs. The action title was originally slated to come out on March 17 but was delayed until June 9 due to Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The PlayStation 3 title is currently number one on Media Create's weekly sales chart, with 298,717 units sold during the week of June 6.

Future plans for the series remain under wraps. However, Sega has expressed interest in bringing the Yakuza franchise to Sony's PlayStation Vita, which is expected to enter the market later this year.

Discussion

28 comments
Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Heck I bought the second game but I still haven't even finished the first one!!!! :(

RussianMeatClob
RussianMeatClob

Yakuza is awesome but dudes wheres my Valkyria Chronicles 3.

EPaul
EPaul

I'm glad the Yakuza series deserves this

gshell
gshell

it's really been a slow grind for the series but i'm glad to see that there are still some hard core american gamers left to keep a franchise like this viable in an US market.

malatato
malatato

they're saving shenmue 3 for dreamcast 2 XD

darkslayerM
darkslayerM

SHENMUE is much much better Shenmue 3 please

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

When was this out?! I've had my eyes on this for ages, can't believe I missed the release date!

JadeJi
JadeJi

the guy having one of his arms as a machine guy seems like those from the new Deus Ex game:P and also did i just see a monster in the trailer which i possibly have seen in some Resident Evil games before?:P

SanjuroGT
SanjuroGT

localize Of The End and Kenzan seriously many of my friends r desperate to play them

Guzthon
Guzthon

Excellent. God bless Sega! I can't wait to see Yakuza: At the end. :)

SuperSkaJoe
SuperSkaJoe

I suppose this is good news. Although I'm curious to see how these sales are broken down. We are talking 5 mill across 6 games. The sales outside of Japan must still be very mediocre. As much as I like the Yakuza series, they really need to innovate the game play. The series has barely changed or improved (and there's much room for improvement) since 2. A deeper, more exciting battle system would be a start. I'll probably pass on Of the End and if the next real iteration is just more of the same I'll probably pass on that as well-or wait until a drastic price drop.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

While it looks unlikely, it would be nice if Of the End got localized. I have the import copy already, but for the sake of others... I think the reviews might be unfavorable. It's a ton of fun, but it's yet again set in Kamurocho, and you have to stand and shoot like RE.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Can't wait until the VITA version comes out. It will be awesome.

monson21502
monson21502

rather have a next gen river city randsom game

MooseyMcMan
MooseyMcMan

Great! Now when is Yakuza of the End coming to the US?

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

W00t, that's what's up!! Congrats Sega!! Keep 'em coming this way & I'll keep gettin' it, lol. Oh, and you might do a lil' something for it on the Vita, too?? Yes...I insist, please take more of money, thank you! :D (...oh case you, ain't figure it, hell-to-da-yes I'm a Yakuza/Ryu ga Gotoku fanatic, lol)

HiroArka
HiroArka

I love the Yakuza games. I hope Of The End comes state side

shkar
shkar

It is such a shame that many people around the world don't know anything about this game franchise,,,,,,,,amazing is not enough to describe it.........I don't know who's fault is that the game is not so popular outside of japan.........

zzamaro
zzamaro

Most of there numbers come from Japan. The rest of the world, only a small fraction.

deathblow3
deathblow3

i hope they breing it here love zombie games

--Thomas--
--Thomas--

Playing Ryu Ga Gotoku: Of The End right now. It's definitely different. The shooting mechanics work surprisingly well. Not as awesome as 1, 2, 3 & 4 (neither was Kenzan, but it was still pretty darn good). Still an entertaining game, though.

The_MaiN_MeNu
The_MaiN_MeNu

Since your using it to make Zombie spinoffs how about you use the engine to make Shenmue 3 huh? Can't be that big of a stretch.

tgchan
tgchan

zombies again? really? pathetic...

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Okay, Sega, we're buying the games. So how about Kenzan! in the US now, huh?