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 + 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.

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