Yakuza 3 Is Not Leaving Japan…Or Is It?
You can now cry for good reason. The great Yakuza series has had a ton of success in Japan but in the U.S. it’s a bit more complicated. The first game came to North America in September 2006 (about a year after Japan) but the game only featured English dub which didn’t fit the Tokyo setting so fans were a bit disappointed.
Two years later SEGA listened and released the sequel with Japanese voices and English subtitles… but the game sold very poorly despite critical praise. So now SEGA doesn’t think it is worth it to bother translating the game since it probably will sell very poorly again.
The problem I believe lies more with marketing, the Yakuza games were never greatly advertised, hell I only heard about them about a year ago or so. I am pretty sure there are a lot of people who have discovered the series recently and are planning to buy Yakuza 2, if not 1, to try it out.
It’s a real shame Yakuza 3 will most likely never make it here, especially since SEGA just announced Yakuza 4… which we will probably never see either.
Edit: Apparently the “no American release” is not an “official SEGA Statement” so there is still hope!
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