According to a source in this months EGM, Sega’s recently purchased Atlus could be gearing up to localize Yakuza 5! If true this could be great news for players in the west as Atlus are the kings of localization and marketing for niche Japanese games!
From the article:
..Don’t rule out Yakuza 5 coming to America under the Atlus banner…
We await official word from Atlus but with Persona 5 coming for PS3 it would be great to bring out Yakuza 5 around the same time!
The article even goes so far to add Yakuza 5 as the header photo for the entire page! For a single line on a rumour page, It feels like at least EGM thinks this one will ring true.
Breaking Yakuza 5 news, guys: in case you forgot this was a Sega game that’s so referential of its past works that it implicitly takes place in an alternate universe where only the Dreamcast won and Sega remained a global console power, you can set the background music that plays during your Initial D-esque taxi racing missions to be the theme song from Daytona USA. Personally, I feel like the car handles somewhat similarly to the Crazy Taxi cabs, so I’m holding out hope that I’ll unlock The Offspring’s back catalog in due time as well.
In what may be the dumbest move, or maybe a sign of Sega’s struggling ability to remain in the console market, Yakuza 5 released yesterday afternoon as part of the PSN’s store update to almost no fanfare:
If you’re a fan of the Yakuza series now’s the time to show it!
The legendary dragon returns to the criminal underworld of Yakuza. Kazuma Kiryu, once known as the Dragon of Dojima, was living a quiet life as a taxi driver in Hakata after severing all his ties with the underworld. However, at the dawn of the bloody war between the Tojo Clan and the Omi Alliance, Kazuma is forced to accept his inescapable fate and returns to a life filled with crime and violence to protect his loved ones. Yakuza 5 continues the epic story of Kazuma Kiryu and 4 other protagonists, Haruka Sawamura, Taiga Saejima, Tatsuo Shinada and Shun Akiyama. The saga plays out across 5 major Japanese cities - Tokyo, Osaka, Hakata, Nagoya and Sapporo. Yakuza 5 also features “Another Drama” which is a series of extensive sub-plots that focus on each protagonist. The battle system and customization system have been enhanced from Yakuza 4 and various mini-games are available in the well-known locales from the series including infamous night clubs and popular CLUB SEGA locations.