Yakuza 5 Trailer: Confirmed for US Release, So Excuse Me While I Dance
Stop the presses. The most important announcement in the history of the universe was made today at PlayStation Experience. Yes, Yakuza 5 is coming to the U.S. Please adjust the plans you made for the rest of your life accordingly.
At this point, nothing else really matters. Whatever news you have to tell me will go in one ear and right out the other. After waiting patiently for Sega to bring the anticipated cult favorite Yakuza 5 to the PlayStation 3, you have nothing in your repertoire that can possibly make me care about anything more.
Yakuza 5 will take place directly after the events of Yakuza 4, the last standard story in the series. Yakuza Dead Souls was a change of pace that was both bizarre and fun for fans, but didn't really offer much in the way of typical Yakuza series goodness. “The world of the Yakuza series has fascinated gamers in Japan and the West for many years,” said John Cheng, COO and President of SEGA of America, in a press release. “We know fans have been eagerly awaiting a release of Yakuza 5 here and we are thrilled to finally launch this spectacular entry in the series in North America and Europe.”
It's always been an uphill battle to get Sega to port the Yakuza games from Japan since they don't typically perform as well over here, but the cult status of the series and its characters has always kept the die-hards pestering Sega until it caves. Now we just have to start the process all over again for the first official PlayStation 4 entry, Yakuza 0.
Additionally, if you never picked up Yakuza 4 or Yakuza Dead Souls, both are available on the PlayStation Store today.