Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin Launch events will be held around Japan Feb 22 2014. Yokoyama-san and Nagoshi-san will be on hand at the Tokyo event to sign autographs!

Yokoyama and Nagoshi will be at Bic Camera Yurakucho Yurakucho between 3pm - 4pm and at Yodobashi Camera multimedia Akiba between 6pm - 7pm.

If you buy your copy of Ishin at any of the following stores you will be entered to win one of the prizes above!

Places to buy to enter:

  • Bic Camera Yurakucho Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 1-11-1 1F Entrance
  • Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Akiba Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Kandahanaoka cho 1-1 1F Entrance
  • Joshin disk peer Nihonbashi Sony concept shop in Osaka-shi, Osaka Naniwa-ku Nihonbashi 5-chome, 9-5
  • Bic Camera Nishi-ten Nagoya Station, Nagoya, Aichi, Nakamura-ku Tsubaki-machi 6-9 1F shop special event space
  • West 5-1-22 3F game department Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Sapporo Hokkaido Sapporo Kita Article 6
  • Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Hakata, Fukuoka, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City Hakata-eki Chuo-gai 6-12 3F game department

Prizes up for grabs (may vary between locations):

  • Ryu Ga Gotoku Mahjong tiles.
  • Ryu Ga Gotoku T-shirt.
  • Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! Original QUO card (prepaid card accepted at a bunch of places.)
  • Ryu Ga Gotoku Mouse pad.
  • Ryu Ga Gotoku Arm band.
  • Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! Original clear file.

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.

Japanese Playstation 4: Play and Peace trailer released.

See if you can spot the Ishin references in the video!

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!

Dengeki Playstation magazine in Japan gives PS4 countdown issue cover to Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin!

Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin is a serious game for serious samurai.

Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin Vita App announced!

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Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin will be released alongside a companion app for the Playstation Vita! The reason for the app and not just regular crossplay is to allow you to take Ishin on the go and integrate with both the Vita and PS3 versions of the game! 

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You will be able to bring your save between devices to import levels, money, items and farming!

Navigating the App:

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Once loading the app and importing your save simply touch the icons on screen to navigate. Left to right they are Battle Dungeon, Another Life and Mini Game Parlour!

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What does the app do? Glad you asked:

Battle Dungeon: 

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Enter an endless battle dungeon and collect corps cards to expand your army in the main game and resources to upgrade your weapons with a blacksmithing mini game! This is Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin on the go and since it’s a free app anyone with a Japanese PSN account and a Vita can grab it and try it out!

Another Life:

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Manage your garden, go fishing or cook. Take what you make and import it back into your main game! Grown and cooked food you’ve made yourself will give you power ups in game so it’s a good resource to keep on hand!

Mini Game Parlour:

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Play on the go and bring your winnings back with you! Here’s some of the games you can play Mahjong, Shogi, Hanafuda and Poker! Keep those ryo flowing in!

To view more screenshots check out the official site. This app is free so if you’re interested in Ishin and have a Vita make sure you pick it up!

Sony’s Giant List Of Video Games (via Kotaku)

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"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!

Toshihiro Nagoshi & Hiroyuki Sakamoto on working with the Playstation 4.

From Famitsu via Kotaku:

Toshihiro Nagoshi

What are your impressions of the PS4?

- “I can tell that the PS4 is extremely powerful. However, how it’s utilized comes down to the people who configure the games – the director, the producer, the planner… They’re part of the key, and the fact that the designers and programmers are the ones who are tasked with expressing those configurations has not changed. I’m reminded every day that if you take responsive steps, the way a game looks and plays can become much better. I intend to send people the message that “games can still change this much” so I hope people will compare [Yakuza: Ishin!] with my previous works.

Hiroyuki Sakamoto

What are your impressions of the PS4?

- “The PS4 has plenty of memory, the CPU speed is fast… It doesn’t have any weak points. Until now we’ve often had to spend time dealing with the memory, but with the PS4 it feels like what we made comes out as we’ve made it. So the overall impression from the development floor has been, “we can’t cut corners anymore.” If we cut corners, you can see the difference with other titles. It feels like we’ve entered a level where we have to ask how we can use these specs and show something to express a good game.

Sounds like Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has their work cut out for them. Thanks to the ease of development on the system though it should be a lot easier. Hopefully we’ll get to see some clearer textures and smarter AI along with denser cities in the future Yakuza titles!

Off Topic: Project Diva: F is out today!
Today Sega for the first time in the west releases a vocaloid title! With the complete original Japanese soundtrack!
This one is definitely just for the fans, The game has had very minimal advertising and will likely only have a limited printing so make sure to grab one! Luckily this one made it to the PSN (where there’s also a demo).
Unfortunately Europe will need to wait until September 4th to get it.

The vocaloid series is one of Sega’s flagship titles in Japan but has never really taken off here in the west so this will likely be one of the only Vocaloid games we ever see.
And to relate it back to Yakuza here’s all the tie ins in Yakuza 5:

Off Topic: Project Diva: F is out today!

Today Sega for the first time in the west releases a vocaloid title! With the complete original Japanese soundtrack!

This one is definitely just for the fans, The game has had very minimal advertising and will likely only have a limited printing so make sure to grab one! Luckily this one made it to the PSN (where there’s also a demo).

Unfortunately Europe will need to wait until September 4th to get it.

The vocaloid series is one of Sega’s flagship titles in Japan but has never really taken off here in the west so this will likely be one of the only Vocaloid games we ever see.

And to relate it back to Yakuza here’s all the tie ins in Yakuza 5:

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Sony Japan’s short (weirdly awesome) holiday ad has RGG5 as a reason you should choose Playstation this season. I do find it strange that the ad is mostly for Vita and only 1 game shown is available on it.. as a cross buy.

yakuzafan:

Presenting a custom Yakuza animated theme for PS3!
This custom theme has the iconic Kamurocho arches lit up and animated. The best part is when the sun goes down the scene changes from Day to Night!
Once again this is my first time ever animating a theme so I hope it works! If you find any problems please let me know asap!
How to download and install theme:Downloading with PC
Click here to download the theme in a Zip file.
Save it to your hard drive.
Unzip the file and extract folders inside to the root of your memory stick. - When the folder is on your memory stick it should have folders like this: PS3/THEME/KamoAnimated.p3t
Put your stick in to your ps3.
Go to “Settings”, then “Theme Settings” then “Themes”
Click install at the top of the options.
Click the USB device.
Install your theme then activate it from the list.
Downloading with PS3 Browser
Load this page in your PS3s browser
Press Triangle on this link and click File/Save Target to download the theme.
The PS3 will ask you to save it.
Save and it will automatically install the theme.
Go to “Settings”, then “Theme Settings” then “Themes”
The theme should appear on your list. Activate it.

With Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 and HD getting closer I figured I’d reblog this for our newer fans. I still have this on my PS3 since i made it a few months ago. 
Remember we have a TON of Yakuza wallpapers available as well as another theme that looks just great on PS3. Oh and Xbox users aren’t left out either.

yakuzafan:

Presenting a custom Yakuza animated theme for PS3!

This custom theme has the iconic Kamurocho arches lit up and animated. The best part is when the sun goes down the scene changes from Day to Night!

Once again this is my first time ever animating a theme so I hope it works! If you find any problems please let me know asap!

How to download and install theme:
Downloading with PC

  1. Click here to download the theme in a Zip file.
  2. Save it to your hard drive.
  3. Unzip the file and extract folders inside to the root of your memory stick. - When the folder is on your memory stick it should have folders like this: PS3/THEME/KamoAnimated.p3t
  4. Put your stick in to your ps3.
  5. Go to “Settings”, then “Theme Settings” then “Themes
  6. Click install at the top of the options.
  7. Click the USB device.
  8. Install your theme then activate it from the list.

Downloading with PS3 Browser

  1. Load this page in your PS3s browser
  2. Press Triangle on this link and click File/Save Target to download the theme.
  3. The PS3 will ask you to save it.
  4. Save and it will automatically install the theme.
  5. Go to “Settings”, then “Theme Settings” then “Themes
  6. The theme should appear on your list. Activate it.

With Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 and HD getting closer I figured I’d reblog this for our newer fans. I still have this on my PS3 since i made it a few months ago. 

Remember we have a TON of Yakuza wallpapers available as well as another theme that looks just great on PS3. Oh and Xbox users aren’t left out either.

Importing a Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 Emblem Edition PS3? Here’s what you’ll get!

  • Ryu Ga Gotoku Calligraphy beach towel.
  • RGG branded USB drive containing:
    • Official Wallpaper.
    • Official RGG PS3 theme.
    • RGG desktop calendar.
  • RGG5 branded golden PS3 controller!

Just announced. Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 Emblem Edition black and gold 250gb super slim PS3!

I. NEED. THIS.