I’m not really sure if anyone in our community is familiar with the Yakuza series. Chances are if you are a die hard Shenmue fan then you have probably at least heard of it since its the closest you can get to the Shenmue franchise.
The First two Yakuza titles came to North America and Europe, but due to low sales the franchise became dead in the water. Yakuza 3 has been out in Japan for quite some time and with Yakuza 4‘s announcement possibly coming at the Tokyo Game Show it didn’t seem likely the world outside of Japan would ever see the series again.
But the tides have changed a little with a Sega employee saying on the PlayStation Blog “Yakuza 3 is not cancelled – and the possibility for localizing it does, in fact, still exist…the game still remains a big point of discussion for many people here at SEGA, and especially those of us on SEGA’s community team.”
While this doesn’t confirm localization it definitely gives new found hope to Yakuza fans. If we do see it outside of Japan, hopefully it will be before Yakuza 4 hits.