1 4 months after release Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin will be available to be upgraded from the PS3 to the PS4 version through the PSN for only ¥1000 (Roughly $9.99 USD).
Not a bad deal for users who want to buy and plan on getting a PS4 later. Much like our western games upgraders will need to keep the PS3 disk to be able to launch the upgrade version in their PS4 consoles.
Loving this Ryu Ga Gotoku x Shingeki no Kyojin fanart by 凪子
"Sony has been compiling a list [sic] based on fan tweets and requests for three months now. Final Fantasy Type-0 is on there. So is Yakuza. And Shenmue. And many, many others, compiled when Sony’s Giovanni Corsi started asking fans to submit requests.
Sony’s goal: to bring as many of those games as possible to PlayStation platforms and, if they were never released outside of Japan, to bring those games West.”
Today Kotaku’s Jason Schreier spoke with Sony’s Adam Boyes (Head of 3rd party developer relations at Sony) about what his team does for developers and why he’ll soon have good news for Japanese game lovers.
It’s a fantastic interview that really gives you an idea of what Sony is doing to help localization efforts. The biggest news here is that the top requested games are; Yakuza, Shenmue and Final Fantasy Type-0.
Schreier: With the caveat that this is all up in the air, this is all in negotiations, are there any that you guys have in mind that you would really like to bring over here?P
Boyes: I think a lot—we get a ton of requests for Yakuza, a ton of requests for Shenmue. We see the lists. Like everything that people have tweeted Gio, literally we have a person that compiles those lists and prioritizes based on how many requests we’ve gotten. And I think to date there’s well over 10,000 mentions across like forum threads and stuff like that. So those are the ones we’re focused on.
I love Shenmue and I can see the people who want FFT0, but, let’s face it PSP is dead and Shenmue 3 isn’t even in the pre-planning stages. Yakuza 5 is ready to go on the most popular video game console around and there’s a huge market of very vocal fans!
Lastly is the big question, “Is it commercially viable?”. Sales of previous titles do help but only if they’re New sales;
Schreier: That’s good to hear. When you say that you’re targeting games in Japan, you mentioned Yakuza, you mentioned Shenmue—those are older games. Are you looking at PSP games? Are you looking at PS3 games?
Boyes: You could imagine that every piece of content that’s come to those platforms over in Japan, we’re looking at bringing over. It’s also a balance of like, is it gonna be commercially viable if there isn’t some sort of HD remix, should it come just as the native version, should we port it up? And so those are conversations, again—I worked at Capcom, now I work with Sony, so this is my second Japanese company. It’s about trust. And it takes a long time to have those conversations and make sure everyone feels comfortable, especially ‘cause it’s like, we haven’t released it before in America, how’s it gonna do and stuff like that.P
So it’s a long process. But I’m very hopeful. The whole reason we started the group is to bring great content that you love back over here.P
Don’t buy a copy of Yakuza used and think it’s helping Sega’s bottom line or decision making. Buy new. If Yakuza 5 does make it here preorder and buy asap. Don’t wait around for a price drop. Yeah you can grab Dead Souls for $10 now but Sega needs to see that fan hype in sales numbers and preorders day one! Especially if we want to see Ishin!
Keep tweeting Giovanni Corsi and let him know you want Yakuza 5 localised!
Nigredo Kukai puts out a plea for Yakuza 5 in the west!
Help spread the word!
You don’t understand the amount of effort it took to not explode with excitement.
No OF THE END?
No PLAYSTATION THE BEST versions. All original prints. So good. Nice find!
Sega also announced that the character playing Narasaki Ryō, Sakamoto Ryōma’s wife, will be shown during TGS 2013.
Oryō is best known for saving the life of her future husband in the Teradaya Incident. While working at Kyoto’s Teradaya, Oryō overheard the arrival of assassins from her bathtub and ran naked through the inn to warn Sakamoto and his allies. Sakamoto escaped, and they were married soon after.
Who do you think will play her? Sawamura Yumi, Kaoru Sayama or someone completely new? Who would you like to see?
Not exactly Yakuza news but still worth reading!
Does everyone remember Soutenbori from Yakuza 2, Kurohyou 2 and Yakuza 5? The city of Osaka is planning on turning the Dotonbori canal into a swimming pool!
The Osaka City Council is planning to turn the Dotonbori canal into an 800 meter long swimming pool. The Dotonbori canal has never had a good reputation as it has always been considered a canal with dirty waters while being located in one of the most crowded and lively areas in Osaka. The canal is on the news when the Hanshin Tigers baseball team wins the league because its fans are brave enough to jump into the canal waters.
Apparently when it’s complete in 2015 it’ll be the longest pool in the world. I can’t help but feel this is a huge waste of money for Osaka though that could be spent anywhere else.
Calling it now Yakuza 6 swimming race sub-quest.
Starting in September street solicitation will be banned in Kabukicho!
The move comes in the wake of growing incidents involving trouble with touts in the ward, particularly in the Kabukicho area, ward officials said.
A metropolitan ordinance already bans aggressive solicitation such as pulling at the clothing of passersby, but the ward’s new ordinance, set to be enforced Sept. 1, will ban any kind of street solicitation.
Although the ordinance carries no penalty, with violators to be given “direction” from neighborhood wardens, it is only the first step and the ward will “consider adding a punitive clause if it proves to have no effect,” a ward official said.
If Kamurocho is reflected in the next game it’ll be weird to wander the streets and not see the guys with signs giving you pocket tissues!
(Photo via Tokyo Times)
Not a lot, besides what history tells us:
Character: Kazuma Kiryu will be playing the role of Sakamoto Ryōma the man who sought to overthrow the government and restore rule to the Emperor. A visionary learning that the only way Japan could hope to compete with outside forces was to modernise.
He envisioned a Japan where all men were equal. Doing away with the casts of samurai and peasantry.
A Younger Kiryu?: According to records Sakamoto Ryōma died at the age of 33. He had a wife and adopted child (also a brother and 3 sisters!). Could we be seeing a proper relationship in this game along with a much younger Kazuma Kiryu? Possibly adopting Haruka?
Time period: Set just before the Meiji restoration era Ishin is not a direct sequel to Kenzan, which was set during the Edo period, in 1605. The Meiji restoration (Meiji Ishin) period spanned from 1868 to 1912. Specifically though this game should be set between January 3, 1836 – December 10, 1867 the birth and death of Sakamoto Ryōma.
Platform: With Ryu Ga Gotoku Kenzan! being the test for creating an engine for all subsequent Yakuza games on Playstation 3 it is possible this will be the test game for the Playstation 4 incarnation series, however, nothing at this point has been confirmed.
When will it be released?: According to today’s unveiling the game is currently in its planning phase meaning we will likely not see it released until 2014 in Japan. We will hear more about the game in the August 22nd issue of Famitsu!
According to Famitsu this next Ryu Ga Gotoku game will not be a direct sequel to Kenzan, but, much like the fantastic spinoff it will have Kazuma Kiryu playing a new role this time of visionary of Sakamoto Ryōma.
Sakamoto Ryōma (January 3, 1836 – December 10, 1867) was a leader of the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu period in Japan…
Ryōma was a visionary who envisioned a Japan without any feudal trappings. He read about and was inspired by the example of the United States where “all men are created equal”. He realized that in order to compete with an industrially and technologically advanced outside world, the Japanese people needed to modernize. He has also been seen as an intriguing mix of the traditional and modern, symbolized by his preference for samurai dress while favoring western footwear.
There are actually shirts like this.
Nagoshi-san is in LA and seems to be enjoying E3. He’s checked out the 2 next gen consoles and at the moment seems to be more impressed with the Playstation 4 showing. Especially the focus on consumers and the lower price point.
Hopefully this means the Yakuza series will stay at home with Sony. Good news for importers as unlike the WiiU and Xbox One the Playstation 4 has been confirmed to be completely region free!