Only YOU Can Help Bring Yakuza 5 to the West-Do it NOW

Jason from asks Yakuza fans to participate in a new letter-writing campaign to Sega.

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Cloudberry1272d ago

I'm all in for localizations of Yakuza 5, Ishin, and the HD Collections.

It's unfortunate that Adam Boyes & Gio Corsi's Third Party Relations for bringing up MOST WANTED games to PlayStation console didn't realized (yet)...

I mean, Yakuza series and a Shenmue came as one of the most wanted games to localized/come from #buildingthelist Twitter poll and yet, a Grim Fandango remaster announced before it...?

Did Adam & Gio had talked to SEGA & Nagoshi while they travel to Japan awhile back?

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jase524761272d ago

I think multiple groups have approached SEGA about it, but so far, they aren't willing to spend the significant cost of localizing it. The last release Dead Souls did miserably (and it really is a good game), and unfortunately fans didn't step up and buy the game--even though it's not the best in the series--to keep the franchise going.

Magicite1271d ago

There are so many great games I wish would be localized for English audience.

RandomGamer1272d ago

Pisses me off so much that we haven't got Yakuza 5 yet. I loved 1-4 so much. Hell I even bought dead souls to support sega not because I wanted that game .

jase524761272d ago

Send a letter and tell them how much you loved the games! Every letter counts!

Saphodravingo1272d ago

You bought a game you had no intention of playing, to show your support for a company that doesn't even know you exist?

dcj05241272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

Yes. It makes sense. I get all my anime for free but I buy the Blue-rays to support them so they can make more.

8BitSoul1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

As much as I loved Yakuza 3 and 4, I'd rather see a localized version of Yakuza Ishin. I'm not saying that I wouldn't buy Yakuza 5 if it ever came out in the west, as I totally would! The way I see it, Ishin is the closest thing we have to an Assassin's Creed set in feudal Japan. That is, ofcourse, if you take away the parkour and add tons of crazy mini games that'll make any western dweller scratch his nuts while tilting his head to the side like a dog trying to understand his master.

Could they possibly lose more money by localizing these games, than if they don't? I don't know how expensive a process like that is, but surely, it can't be THAT costy? They did it with Yakuza 3, 4 and Dead Souls, so stopping there would be a crime!

jase524761272d ago

There's a lot of speculation on the costs, but no firm figures. In my opinion, even if they break even, it cuts into the profits they make in Japan on the titles (where they're hugely popular). So not only are they spending money on the localizations, it costs them time and effort that could be spent on the next in the series--which makes them much more money in Japan.

8BitSoul1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

I see your point! One would think that translating the games text into english wouldn't require that much money (seeing as how fans are translating Japanese games to English all the time), but I guess for a game like Yakuza, it's considerably more than just a few lines of simple dialogue :P How many copies do you think they would need to sell in order to cover the costs of bringing it over here?

I remember Bayonetta barely passed 2 million right after it came out in US and Europe, and Platinum considered it a huge success (don't know if that included the sales in Japan).

DCfan1272d ago

Ishin is far superior to garbage like ass creed.

Saphodravingo1272d ago

Ishin and "Ass Creed" are in two completely different, completely seperate universes. That's like saying pizza is better than sex. A better comparison would be if you said Ishin was far superior to other open-world games like Saints Row and Grand Theft Auto.

Systemshock21272d ago

For how long fans have to put with these requests, Y5 will flop and then Y6 will be released in Japan, looking as good as before, rinse repeat the begging and false hopes.

Saphodravingo1272d ago

You act as if SEGA owes you a dept of gratitude, simply because you exist. And because games. Come up off your high-horse. SEGA doesn't owe anybody anything. I'm so sick and tired of self-entitled, spoiled, so-called "gamers" who ceaselessly bitch and moan about any little thing that rubs them the wrong way. Whether it's Dante's hair, or Solid Snake's voice actor, or how many P's are in a frame per second, you lot will winge on about it 'till your blue in the balls. Mind you, these are the same people that begged and pleaded for a Duke Nukem sequel every year, for 15 years straight, only to turn around and say Duke Nukem Forever was "nothing more than a hilariously outdated, crass, immature,misogynistic game, filled with dick and fart jokes." I could be mistaken, but wasn't that pretty much the basis for every Duke Nukem game ever? Or did I just imagine stuffing a $5 bill into a strippers G-string all those years ago? Get over yourselves. If you want SEGA to release more games stateside, maybe you should start buying other games besides Yakuza. Did you even play Sega Rally All-Stars? Sonic Underground? Sonic Generations?

Inception1272d ago

As far as i remember, i already signed two-three petition (one from Opt. Rainfall cmiiw) to bring Y5 (and Valkyria Chronicles III) to the west. But until this day, there's no sign that Sega listening to the fans request :/ . So...i dunno if i want to do this again...

Edward751272d ago

+ Bub inception.

Exactly how I feel.

My biggest game from them not to be localized is PSO2.
It doesn't matter what platform... PC, new consoles, vita., 3ds, or even ios...

Inception1272d ago

Thx mate :)

If tons of petition can't move sega an inch to localize Y5, VC 3, etc than a straight email to their HQ is useless.

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