GearNuke: "Yakuza fans have been waiting long enough to hear more about a possible localization of Yakuza 5 for the West. It seems like their prayers might be answered soon."
Double please! Also, come on Ishin!! I want these two games bad...
I hope they won't remove the original Japanese voices and replace them with an English dub.
Triple please!!! If anyone can localize Yakuza 5 and make sure it sells well enough, Atlus can. If Sega actually allows this to happen than I will finally feel good about them acquiring Atlus.
I sincerely hope so. I want this game and I want to have English subtitles since my Japanese is not super great.
'Japanese is not super great' Understatement of the year........ ..But yeah, bring it. Do it.
Ok, so I was exaggerating a bit. lol But I have been studying Japanese for many years and I actually am fairly decent at it. Still, you have a point, it's pretty far from "super great". Anyway, at least we agree that we both want them to bring this game to western markets. I also wish we could get a new Tenchu game out of Acquire or From Software or Sega...whoever can make it happen. They have all been involved with the franchise at one point, but I think Acquire has the rights to it now.
I will buy every single Atlus game that is coming out it they can make this happen.
i am with you on that!
DON'T TEASE ME!!!
If it's true then that's the first positive thing obtained from the SEGA purchase.
Please be true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! And ishin also atlus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really hope we see Ishin localized for west. That game looks beautiful on PS4.
If this true than Sega not joking about they want Atlus to develope / localize SEGA IP's. Hopefully, not just Yakuza but also Shining series, Valkyria Chronicles, Sakura Wars, and Skies of Arcadia will get the same treatment too. Anyway, all of the people who wants Yakuza 5 in the west MUST buy the game. No bullshit reasons to skip it. Show SEGA/Atlus that we can walk the walk and not just talk the talk.
You're definitely right there. If this proves to be true, knowing Atlus and their localization capabilities, we could be looking at a brand new age of Sega as a company. I say this namely because Sega's localization issues in the past seem to have been related to either being over-budget or just not making it financially profitable. Additionally, their localization for games like the Yakuza series have been infamously long. Conversely, these are areas where Atlus vastly excels. So given this possibility, and the statement from Sega about Atlus being allowed to "use IPs we haven't been", there is a lot of good that could come about. I don't want to be overly optimistic, but man if this happens I'll buy two or three copies of Yakuza 5. It just might be my favorite game series. But that also means potential for the other series/titles you mentioned (I'd love to see a console release of Valkyria Chronicles 2 and 3, as well as a localization of Phantasy Star Online 2), and of course something possible with Shenmue (HD remaster/remake and/or sequel potential). Of course, I wouldn't want Atlus to become too focused on localizations/remasters/etc, because they have tons of amazing IPs of their own, but even just getting some of these projects in the works would be epic. We could all speculate much further, because they have a lot of awesome IPs, but lets not get ahead of ourselves, and just keep fingers crossed that this is the start of many great things.
YES! the Sega/Atlus combo could be the best thing that happened to Sega fans (myself).
i need five copies of Yakuza 5 let me preorder now!
@Akiraburn Can't agree more with you mate. Hopefully Sega will make this rumour true and show to us that they are listening to their fans. About Atlus become too focused on localization / remaster, yeah i agree on that too. Besides the SMT/Persona series, they need to make new Growlanser or something unique like Catherine or 3D Dot Game Heroes. And they need to support Vanillaware again. Vanillaware+Atlus combo never dissapoint me.
@Inception, definitely agree on all points. I loved Dragon's Crown. And I couldn't believe how much support they provided for that game. I mean, they're on patch like 5 or 6, and each of them added big changes and more content. You have to applaud companies in our industry that really do value the product and consumer feedback enough to make those kinds of efforts, especially considering that they aren't asking for more money to get them. And those changes were worthy of being a DLC pack when combined, but Atlus and Vanillaware didn't go that route. So yeah, I'm a huge fan there. And you know, there are more potential benefits to this buyout that I haven't even considered until recently. Specifically, the thing that came to mind was cross-IP references and licensing. Think of how cool it would be to see Persona or Dragon's Crown references in the next present-day Yakuza, and vice-versa. Just simple things, like in Yakuza it could be a side-quest where you have to investigate a bunch of highschoolers that have been loitering around the electronics section of a store. Or any of these games could get unlockable outfits from Dragon's Crown characters. There's a ton of potential small fun things. And then of course there's the Sega/Sonic Transformed Racing titles which now can feature all of Atlus' characters. Perhaps I'm expecting too much out of Sega, but like I said, I am hopeful that Sega sees this potential and does something with it, but I won't get my hopes too high just yet.
While it's true that the hardcore Yakuza fans need to buy the localized versions, I still don't see why Sega has such a hard time marketting the series to the Western audience at large. Their marketing should focus on the elements that catch the interest of the West such as action, gangsters, and free roam gameplay. I mean don't people remember the huge martial arts movie craze of the 80's and 90s? the marketing should pander to that. But I suppose that newer movies like Matrix and Kill Bill have pushed Western actors and actresses to the spotlight of martial arts movies so now Western audiences are used to that more than seeing the traditional Eastern protagonists. Kinda sad but I totally remember people getting pumped for the latest kung fu martial arts movies from the East.Its not so hot anymore i guess.
Despite this being my favorite series, I'm not blind to Sega's problems with selling the game. Their real selling problems with the Yakuza series comes from several issues within Sega. Number one, they choose infamously bad release dates. Yakuza 2 launched in NA on the PS2 almost 2 full years after it had been out in Japan, and by that point (late 2008) the PS3 was already on the market for two years. Then they launched Yakuza 3 on the same day as Final Fantasy XIII, and a week or so before God of War 3. Yakuza 4 was released in similarly bad climates, with Killzone 3 releasing two weeks prior, Dragon Age 2 just a couple days beforehand, and right around the same days as Crysis 2 and Homefront. Second, they simply do not marketing it almost at all in Western regions. The small amount of marketing Sega initially did for the first game branded it as "A Japanese GTA", and that really couldn't be farther from the truth. The second game had no real marketing push whatsoever and almost didn't get released in western markets. The third and fourth titles received small controlled amounts of marketing, but they again made very poor choices (like a demo for Yakuza 4 that was just four random fights without any story or content aside from just the fighting). And third, they seem to have problems managing the financial side of it all. This could be a result of poor time management and/or planning for the localization process, unrealistic predictions for their return margins, or a number of other issues. Either way, rough estimates put Yakuza 4 at selling anywhere from 1/3 to potentially a bit under half their total units from EU and NA's combined sales (between 250,000 to 400,000 copies). Its hard to understand how paying just for localization and release fees somehow overshadows those sales. So when you compound all these issues together, it's not tough to see the problems here. Sega could easily make this a key franchise in the west as well if they only refined their approach to it. Better release dates, marketing strategies, and refined management/sales expectations would do wonders here. The one thing we do know however, is that Atlus has been faithfully handling localizations for many games for quite a while and they've been making a profit. And additionally, they don't seem to have these problems I've mentioned with their releases. So here's hoping that this turns out to be true, because I'd imagine we'll see all future Yakuza titles localized if this really does happen.
Atlus is one of those companies that I wish all the best for... and to give them bear hugs.
Do it Atlus!!!
pls pls pls pls yakuza 5 west pls pls!!!!!!!
Oh please, this needs to be real!!! I need this game in my life, and my japanese skills aren't yet good enough to warrant importing it
Make it so Atlus...make it so.
I love you Atlus, please be true.
This would be great!!
If you want to blame someone if they don't localize any more yakuza game, look no further than Kotaku. The maker visits the site from time to time and saw a big hate article written by one of the morons where he bashed previous yakuza games. He wasn't impressed. He goes to the trouble of bringing it to the West because people ask for it, only to them have them bash the hell out of them.
You know, Sega's acquisition to Atlus wasn't so bad after all. Fuckin love you Atlus if you do it.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ALLOW THIS TO BE TRUE!
I PROMISE I'LL BUY!!! BRING IT ON ATLUS!!!
Hell yeah. Please do it, Atlus.
If this is true they should also Localize the HD collection
Yakuza 5 coming to west sweet
damn now i am excited
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