The general series director of the Yakuza franchise has confirmed during the Famitsu Awards 2016 that a new Yakuza game is currently in development.
Speaking with Famitsu’s editor-in-chief Katsuhiko Hayashi, Toshihiro Nagoshi confirmed his desire to make a new instalment in the acclaimed action-RPG franchise, although he noted that it may not necessarily only be one game; it could be multiple titles. Nagoshi-san went on to say that the team created the Dragon Engine for Yakuza 6 (which picked up Famitsu’s Excellence Award at the event), but that the tech won’t be completed until the development of a second or third Yakuza game.
While Nagoshi said that he’s already working on the next chapter in the Yakuza series, he isn’t ready to talk about it right now. However, he hopes that in the ‘not too distant future’ he’ll be willing to touch base on the new game’s development during its early stages.
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Yakuza 6 was released exclusively on PS4 in Japan in December 2016, and is scheduled for a North American and European launch in early 2018. In the meantime, Yakuza Kiwami, a full-fledged remake of the original title for the PS4, is pencilled in for a western release on August 29, 2017.
Originally released in 2005 for the PS2, Yakuza quickly spawned a successful franchise in its native Japan, although SEGA has made an effort in recent years to port titles to the west despite their limited commercial success in the region. Every mainline title has seen a U.S. and/or European release, although a few games have remained a Japan-exclusive, notably spinoffs Yakuza Kenzan, Yakuza: Ishin, and Yakuza: Black Panther. The series has sold over 9.3 million units worldwide to date.
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