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Old 09-13-2018, 03:56 PM   #3
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I dun think they every resisted releasing 'em outside of Asia for that reason. Any delays or worries over localizations were because each game bombed bigtime. Yakuza 3 with its butchered localization sold the best of the lot which is why 4 and the kusoge Dead Souls were pushed out over here. Yakuza 0 finally got peeps in the west interested in the series so now they've been releasing 2+ games a year over here to catchup & cash in!

2017: Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami
2018: Yakuza 6, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise
2019: Yakuza 3/4/5 Remastered (hopefully in a collection an not individually like in JP), Judge Eyes

They also put out a survey asking if people want the spinoffs brought over which at the very least implies both Samurai era games. Much like with Dragon Quest even in the darkest days I had no doubts Yakuza would continue seeing the light of day in the west. An that was made blatantly apparent when 0 / K1 were announced for release before even a single (digital-only) copy of the long delayed Yakuza 5 had been sold.

An nopes! idk how ta play mahjong or shogi or half the other side-games in the series!
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