After 25 years later I finally found a Sega franchise that doesn't suck aside from Shenmue, and then this happens:
When asked if he had plans to localize Yakuza 5 for the West, series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi said, "We don't have a plan for that 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." He said that he chose to forge ahead with Isshin rather than localize Yakuza 5, which doesn't bode well for English speaking fans of either game.
But, he didn't entirely rule out a future localization of his games, stating "I'd definitely love to reach the whole world [with Yakzua 5], haha, if we have the manpower and the money to do it."
"Haha" my ass. How expensive can hiring a couple translators possibly be? Just crowdfund the shit, fans will pledge some money so they can play the game in english. Hell, I bet you can find people who would work on the translation FOR FREE. It happened before. How far up your own ass is you head exactly, Sega? Stop holding your developers hostage and go out of business already.