Yakuza 5 English Release Working Through Text Bugs, Still “On Track”

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SEGA took to their blog to give a small update on the status of Yakuza 5‘s English localization. Since the announcement of this game’s release, fans have had some access to treats including a developer interview series with Toshihiro Nagoshi and Masayoshi Yokoyama and PSN avatars. However, updates on the localization’s progress itself weren’t given all that much attention, which may be vexing for those who budget by the month or are just generally anxious to find out Yakuza 5‘s release schedule.

Apparently there were text swapping difficulties for the game’s script:

Without getting too technical, there were just certain parts that didn’t like switching the Japanese text out for English, and we had to actually search through the source code to find a fix, taking more time than we expected. But! Everything is more or less back on track. Once we have details, we’ll make sure to share them!

Aside from this news, SEGA also suggested a handful of movies for fans to watch to tide them over until Yakuza 5’s release. They are: Pulp Fiction, Tokyo Drifter, Yojimbo, Sonatine, and the first and second Internal Affairs movies (the Hong Kong thriller series.)

You may have seen elsewhere on gaming forums or media outlets reports of Yakuza 5‘s release being tentatively set for “mid-November.” While this was previously stated in the SEGA blog post linked below, it seems that it was later edited. It looks like there’s no concrete date set as of yet, so we’ll have to keep an eye out for future news.


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Paul Kainoa Vigil has been playing video games for as long as he can remember. His tastes are varied, ranging from action platformers to RPG's, and even the occasional adventure game or visual novel. His gaming tastes are almost as interesting as his backlog of games, which continue to grow.