OPINION: Help Convince SEGA to Bring Yakuza 5 to the West

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

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Yakuza 5 box art

While it may be a bit early for some, Yakuza fans on Facebook have come together to do something very similar to what SEGA recently did to rally fans of Hatsune Miku. To show their support for the series, the Facebook page Yakuza Fan is urging fans to like and share a specific post to show SEGA that the fanbase is still thriving outside Japan and that it’s worth bringing Yakuza 5 (or Ryu ga Gotoku 5, as it’s called in Japan) over to the West. While a fan campaign in some ways, they’re taking a slightly different approach, but it could get the same results nonetheless.

Whether the SEGA post for Hatsune Miku will work or not remains to be seen, but as a fan of the Yakuza series, I applaud the fanbase for their efforts and have already supported this myself. Like them, I also call on fans who are unaware of this to help by liking and sharing the post.

Yakuza 5 fan campaign banner

Again, this may be a bit too early, and we might be worrying for nothing. Yakuza 5 came out only 3 months ago; each of the other Yakuza entries took about 8 months or so after its Japanese release before SEGA officially announced its localization. However, some are worried because of SEGA’s recent downsizing and wanting to take fewer risks. Another reason to worry is that Yakuza: Dead Souls did not do well overseas. But really, I think no fan is surprised in the slightest, given that it’s a spinoff that even the fanbase is split on.

Lastly, Yakuza 5 is huge—no, really, it’s HUGE! From the looks of it, the amount of work it took to get previous Yakuza games here will look like child’s play compared to what this entry will need. So of course, the fans’ reaction has led us here, but in a good, positive way that doesn’t do anything harmful and really only sends out a simple message.

Honestly, if you watch the above trailer (which I recommend to see what all the fuss is about), can you really blame them? Yakuza 5 goes even further than previous iterations to expand content. It boasts 5 main city hubs, which is quite impressive, given the sheer size. The combat system looks just phenomenal. It has minigames galore, including idol rhythm games with Haruka, who is playable for the first time, I might add. It’s the total package, as I would say—the game is filled to the brim with content.

If you’re a fan of the Yakuza series or simply interested in what you see, like and share the post on the Yakuza Fan Facebook page to give your support to the cause. Ryu ga Gotoku 5 was released in early December 2012 for the PlayStation 3.

About David Fernandes

(Community Manager) David is an assistant admin and community manager at oprainfall. He joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign at the beginning, and became one of the staff as the first wave of new volunteers were needed back in mid June. He is an avid video game collector, and lover of most game genres. David spends much of his time in a futile effort in clearing out his ever growing video game backlog.

  • John Ellis

    I would buy it

  • I want this and the Yakuza 1&2 HD collection.

  • The more I see and hear about this, the more I want it.

  • I’d definitely be interested in this.

  • I still think it is a bit early to worry, but as a Yakuza fan through and through, I will support!

  • Kamille

    this franchise has brand issues. People really don’t realize how good it is… Not even the weaboos support it!

  • Cheap ass publisher

    Sega didn’t localize Valkyria Chronicles 3. They don’t care.

  • DeathsHeadKnight

    Wow, I never knew it was such an unknown game series in America. I own all 4 of the Yakuza games released so far and I think they are excellent. I really hope 5 comes as well.

  • Considering these games are kinda niche in the west, I just hope we get 5 localized. The HD collection I can live without.

  • Addy Hughes

    I live in the UK and own Yakuza 1,2,3,4 and Dead Souls. Yakuza 5 needs to be in my collection! (oh and why not 1 & 2 HD! ) 🙂 I’ve also got a lot of friends over here who would kill to have this game.

  • We dontreally need to HD collectionm, its best to just focus on getting 5 out

  • I want the new one yakuza 5 and the Yakuza 1&2 HD collection. I own all 4 of the Yakuza games released so far and I think they are very excellent.

  • ezz

    who said “Dead Souls” is a crap…? Haven’t you played as Majima….? Well, that’s hell of fun… and what about the former bad guy in Yakuza 2 Goda Ryuji with his gatling gun-hand….? While Kazuma is the same honorable badass we always love to play, we also got the very charming Shun Akiyama…

    Haruka is also still here…
    The soap opera stuff is also still here

    And not to mention hundreds (or maybe thousands) of the flesh-eating zombie-chan,…

    yeah, the control is a little bit…well, you know….

    but it’s not an inferior game compared the main yakuza series

    but the main point is i’m with you guys, demanding the Yakuza 5 western relese

  • Isaac Lee

    : f