Sega may be considering remaking a number of the Yakuza games for PS4, allowing the open-world kung-fu action RPG series to get a number of current-gen remakes. Yakuza 5 only got approval from Sega to be released in North America and Europe, allowing American audiences the opportunity to play the most recent game in the series.
The news came from producer Toshihiro Nagoshi, who said that Sega was currently looking for ways to put Yakuza 2, 3, 4, and 5 for the Playstation 4. Yakuza 5 is a Playstation 3 exclusive.
The Yakuza games have often been praised for their excellent combat, in-depth stories, and good insight into Japanese culture. They also have a wide variety of colorful characters. Yakuza 4 added three others aside from the main protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu. These included the loaner Akiyama, the escaped prisoner Saejima, and the Tokyo police officer Tanimura.
Each of the Yakuza games also included a number of fun diversions, ranging from Japanese karaoke, to arcade games (where you could play Taiko drums, Virtua Fighter, or Hanafuda), to even reading various manga in stores including things like the famous boxing anime Hajime no Ippo.
Sega’s faith in the Yakuza games is well-founded: Yakuza 2 and Yakuza 3 had both been remastered for the Playstation 3 and had sold well. Fan demand for a North American Yakuza 5 release was also responsible for getting the game a digital release in this part of the world. Yakuza: Kiwami, a full-on remake of the very first Yakuza game, was also one of the top-selling games in Japan.
If the Yakuza games do get a remake for the Playstation 4 through Sega, it might present a good opportunity for Sega to release the games not just in Japan but also in North America, especially considering how many people wanted Yakuza 5 to be released there. However, that will depend on how well the game is predicted to sell in this region; Yakuza 5 was originally not going to be released in the West due to apparently lackluster sales.