Just announced today these extremely stylish (and expensive) Yakuza ring and pendant based on Kazuma Kiryu’s tattoo design.

The pendant is $269.99 USD and the ring is $345.99 USD. Surprisingly they’re actually getting an international release (of sorts) and are available from the US Tokyo Otaku Mode store!

Given the hefty price tag these will be items for only the most fashionable Yakuza fans.

New Yakuza (Ryu Ga Gotoku) game in the works according to Famitsu!
From this weeks upcoming Famitsu magazine during an interview with series supervisor Nagoshi-san and series producer Yokoyama-san they discussed the next Ryu Ga Gotoku game and auditions for the upcoming hostesses.
No other details have leaked yet but as soon as they do we’ll update with more info. No word if it will be Yakuza 6 or another spin off like Ishin but I would wager it will be a continuation of the main series.

New Yakuza (Ryu Ga Gotoku) game in the works according to Famitsu!

From this weeks upcoming Famitsu magazine during an interview with series supervisor Nagoshi-san and series producer Yokoyama-san they discussed the next Ryu Ga Gotoku game and auditions for the upcoming hostesses.

No other details have leaked yet but as soon as they do we’ll update with more info. No word if it will be Yakuza 6 or another spin off like Ishin but I would wager it will be a continuation of the main series.

Sega steadfast on no Yakuza Ishin localization.

Coming from an interview with Gamingbolt.com Sega Japan have once again confirmed there are no current plans to bring over Yakuza Ishin.

Leonid: Will Yakuza Ishin ever get a western release considering the fact that it’s the #1 PlayStation 4 game in Japan?
Sega Japan: There are currently no plans at this time.

Aside from disappointing western audiences the interview actually has some really interesting details:

Leonid: Why did you decide to make Yakuza Ishin a spin-off, instead of the next main entry in the franchise?
Sega Japan: We had the idea of making a spin-off based on the Edo era from the start. In the previous Yakuza 5 game, we were able to put one break off to the modern time version and wanted to add more of an RPG type of gameplay in the next title. We felt the idea of the new game and the time setting of the Edo era matched and so Yakuza Ishin was created.

They also go into some great stuff about programming on PS3/PS4. Definitely worth a read if you want to get into some of the fine details of Yakuza Ishin.

Read the full article here.

Can you spot tiny pixel Kazuma Kiryu?
Great job probertson!

Can you spot tiny pixel Kazuma Kiryu?

Great job probertson!

Yakuza 5 LAI & Operation Rainfall Localization Rejected by Sega.

Looks like Sega is going to completely abandon western Yakuza fans. For those not in the know a few months ago (Sep 30 2013) Operation Rainfall’s localization polls closed with the winner receiving a reduced cost localization by professional translation group Language Automation, Inc (LAI).

The proposal was written and submitted, but after months of waiting with no official word from both parties, Sega has formally rejected the proposal for localizing Yakuza 5 for western release.

LAI’s press release regarding the translation project:

OFFICIAL LAI UPDATE 05/01/2014:

Thank you all for your support in the Operation Rainfall initiative to convince Sega and Konami to bring specific games from Japan to the US (and in the best case scenario, to other markets as well).

We wanted to provide you with an update regarding the Operation Rainfall and LAI collaboration. We reached out to both SEGA and Konami, presenting the numbers from Operation Rainfall’s fan poll and letting them know of our interest in providing localization discounts for games targeted in this poll. We did our very best, however neither company has expressed interest in moving forward with localization at this time, but we will be sure to report back if we have any updates!

- Operation Rainfall

I’m afraid it’s not looking good for Yakuza fans in the west. With Yakuza 5 nearing the longest announcement of the numbered series (Yakuza 2 at 587 days) at 516 days so far. We’ll keep you up to date with any new developments on the localization front!

Team Ryu Ga Gotoku working on.. something. 
In a recent interview with Japanese magazine Dengeki Playstation Producer Masayoshi Yokoyama and Director Daisuke Sato, when asked if they were currently working on anything new, jokingly replied that they’re already working hard, they’re salary-men and can’t just remain idle.
They hope to be able to announce the new project later this year.
No word on if it’s a new Yakuza title or something completely new but we’ll definitely be keeping watch!

Team Ryu Ga Gotoku working on.. something. 

In a recent interview with Japanese magazine Dengeki Playstation Producer Masayoshi Yokoyama and Director Daisuke Sato, when asked if they were currently working on anything new, jokingly replied that they’re already working hard, they’re salary-men and can’t just remain idle.

They hope to be able to announce the new project later this year.

No word on if it’s a new Yakuza title or something completely new but we’ll definitely be keeping watch!

Sega Sound Selection now available from iTunes and Amazon (Japan)!
Featuring songs from throughout Sega history including With You from Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin!
<iTunes Store JP> https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/id859094383
<Amazon MP3 JP> 
http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00JRXZUZQ

Sega Sound Selection now available from iTunes and Amazon (Japan)!

Featuring songs from throughout Sega history including With You from Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin!

<iTunes Store JP> 
https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/id859094383

<Amazon MP3 JP

http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00JRXZUZQ

For those of you waiting to grab the Ishin Demo for PS4 (or get the downloadable version of the full game) they are now live on the Japanese PSN!
The downloadable version of Ishin on PS3 or PS4 is ¥8,600 ($80 USD!)
Grab the demo through the PSN store on the PS4 or click here to visit the PSN store on PC.

For those of you waiting to grab the Ishin Demo for PS4 (or get the downloadable version of the full game) they are now live on the Japanese PSN!

The downloadable version of Ishin on PS3 or PS4 is ¥8,600 ($80 USD!)

Grab the demo through the PSN store on the PS4 or click here to visit the PSN store on PC.

khhsubs:

Part 10 is up!

[KHH]Ryu ga Gotoku 5 Cutscenes with English Subtitles (Part 10/38)

Somehow I missed this [Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin!] PS4 NEW TITLE TRAILER posted by Playstation Japan a few days ago.

Still looks amazing on PS4.

Happy Valentine&#8217;s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin - Okita Singing!

Uploaded by khhsubs

New Ryu ga Gotoku Radio podcast for Feb 12 2014.

Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin Demo is available now on the Japanese PSN Store!

Should be viewable under the PS3 games section but if you can’t find it try searching. In the PSN store go to search at the top and type いしん to make 維新 and search.

Make sure you grab it soon. Demo’s on the Japanese PSN are limited time only!

The demo is 2.4 Gigs and according to people who’ve already got it, it’s amazing! Impressions coming as soon as my crappy internet will allow! Tweet me your impressions of the demo or discuss it on our Facebook page!

Anonymous said: What is the name of the Jackpot song in the Virtua Fighter Pachinko Machine in Yakuza 4?

Good question! Unfortunately I’ve got no idea.

If anyone knows the song that starts playing at 6:55 in this video please let us know!

Edit: Looks like it might be custom written for the actual CR Virtua Fighter, the pachislot machine. Here’s the full song.

Edit 2: The song title is Kokoro no Chikara.

Edit 3: If you’ve got a NicoNico account here’s a video with great sound quality!