Uncool news from Sega though, Yakuza 5 won't be localized for western regions for sure.
Do you plan to eventually localise Yakuza 5 for the West?Actually that sounds a lot like they don't have anything against it and they might get on it - once Isshin is done. They just wanted to do Isshin and that was only one or the other, that doesn't mean they can't do the localization later, before they start working on a next game. Especially if he comments on the amount of complaints they get (without that they might never do it, but with that there's a chance).
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. This time the size of the game was so large, so rather than localising that game we chose to focus our manpower on the new game. But we get asked about it a lot. We get lots of complaints!
The info already came up a few days / weeks ago that they wouldn't do it, but if anything, this time it means there's still a slight chance, but later. I have hope again. I say fans need to keep asking to do it after Isshin.
When you localised Yakuza 4, you removed the Answer X Answer pop-culture quiz mini-game because you felt Westerners wouldn’t know the answers. Since Isshin has a historical setting, won’t that be even harder to localise?And that is glorious. Everyone assumed Isshin was also out of question before that, especially when 5 got denied a localization.
Well, even many Japanese people might not know the history. But we understand when we see a game set in Ancient Rome, you know? So long as you reach them with the human drama, suits or kimono, it doesn’t matter. Japan or overseas, I’m not worried about that.
So Isshin could possibly be localised someday?
I’d definitely love to reach the whole world, haha, if we have the manpower and the money to do it.
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