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Submitted by SilverSlug 934d ago | news

Senior Producer for Yakuza 4 and Dead Souls at SEGA West leaves the company

SEGAbits: "Yas Noguchi is the Senior Producer who was responsable for bringing over Yakuza 4 and Yakuza: Dead Souls. He also worked on Sonic Generations. Sad day for Yakuza fans, as today is his last day at SEGA. Yeah, doesn’t look very good for Yakuza 5, at least to me. But you never know. If you want to say your goodbyes, you can post them here." (PS3, Sonic Generations, Xbox 360, Yakuza 4, Yakuza: Dead Souls)

P_Bomb  +   935d ago
[QUOTE]Yeah, doesn’t look very good for Yakuza 5, at least to me[/QUOTE]

Yakuza 5 releases in 6 months. His work is done. The engine, story, concept, direction is already set in stone.

I'm sure Y5 will make its way west. What would be really great though, is not having to wait a full year.
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Kamikaze135  +   935d ago
I don't know much about the financial standings of the Yakuza series in the West. However, if SEGA was willing to localize a spin-off that didn't do too well in Japan, then I'm sure they will localize the next main entry in the franchise.

With that being said, I hope to see Yakuza 5 get released in the US.
SilverSlug  +   934d ago
Problem: Yakuza: Dead Souls was already done before SEGA West cut back. Lots of their titles got canceled. They are now doing more digital since their consumer business lost tons of cash.

This is the guy that pushed for 4 to be brought over. Now he is gone.
killerhog  +   934d ago
With sega restructuring and cutting back on stufff don't be surprise if we DO NOT see a localization. Why would a company thats losing cash therefore restructuring localize a franchise that doesn't do well in the west?
D3mons0ul  +   934d ago
yeah no kidding
Redempteur  +   934d ago
@p_Bomb

He was obviously talking about localisation in the west

Hopefully Someone at sega is aware that there are people who want to see Yakuza 5 localised... and if he was teh driving force behind those localisation then the fact that he quits SEGA is a loss IMO..
SilverSlug  +   934d ago
Yes its done, but there is producers for localizing. Its not easy. Before him there was Yakuza which had bad voice overs, then 2. Then this gen was 3 which had cut stuff.

He is the one that pushed SEGA to bring 4 in a more restored way.

Dead Souls didn't do so hot. It was approved and done before SEGA's tragic news about them cutting back on full releases and focusing more on digital. You can read that here:
http://segabits.com/blog/20...

Also SEGA West CEO is gone this summer:
http://segabits.com/blog/20...
MultiConsoleGamer  +   935d ago
Poor Sega :(
Titanz  +   934d ago
They just can't catch a break
All the best to Mr.Yas Nogouchi, and may he find his place in gaming, soon.
SimpleSlave  +   934d ago
Now if only Atlus picked up this series...*nudge* *wink*
ieatbabies  +   934d ago
Yak 5 and a side title will prob be the last

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