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
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).
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.
I am simply IN LOVE with Ryu ga Gotoku !!! Will always Support the franchise no matter how long they take it :) Go Sega!
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 .... :/
@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.
@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.
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 :)
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...
"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..
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
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.
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.
wahoo, cant wait for miss yakuza. I am going to kabukicho next month, hopefully can meet some real yakuza and got some autograph.
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.
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)
@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.
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