Rumor: Atlus to Localize Yakuza 5 in the West?

Yakuza fans have been waiting long enough to hear more about a possible localization of Yakuza 5 for the West. It seems like their prayers might be answered soon.

As it happens with most rumors, we advice you to take this with a grain of salt. Taking this out of the way, according to EGM, one of their source claims that Atlus is gearing up to bring Yakuza 5 to the West. While Atlus has done plenty of localizations, this might not be surprising one since Sega brought them last year, and since they already have a localization team – that has brought plenty of Japanese games to the West – it could happen. Below you can a scan of the exact quote, which is highlighted in bold.

Sega has officially brought about 3 of the 5 Yakuza games released on the PS3 to the West. The ones that were localized include Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza: Dead Souls. Unfortunately, the last one, Yakuza: Dead Souls, bombed horribly in term of sales ending the hope of any localization for Yakuza 5. Other than these three games, we never got the Japan-only spin-off for Yakuza called Yakuza: Kenzan and Yakuza 5. If this rumor turns out to be true, we might finally get Yakuza 5, which was released almost 2 years ago in Japan.

Source via EGM

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  • Michael Breen

    I want to see it happen. Can’t say I expect it to, though. Sorry for my pesimnism.

  • Kalos

    I’ll buy two if it makes you happy bro, just localize it.

  • PavG

    They gotta localize this.

  • S.

    If this is true then this will make life a little more worth living. We’ve been waiting long enough, but i wouldn’t get my hopes up, look what happened at E3.

  • Kenzan

    Thank you for mentioning Kenzan! Maybe one day on the Vita or something…

  • Medo Humoodee

    iam realy tired to wait ideside to by japan version but hope is return we must play yakuza 5 in english this is nt make seince if u play all part in english and u miss part 5 (( atlus ilove u ))

  • Fredrik

    Please be true.

  • Kristoffer Askew

    I really do hope they decide to release it in the west, this game is amazing.. I’ve played the Japanese demo version.. Absolutely fantastic.

  • Yi-Long

    Would LOVE to finally play Yakuza 4, but only if it will keep the Japanese voices. I won’t buy a dub-only game.

    Yakuza 3 was great.

    • snake

      Yeah, Yakuza 4 has been released in the west for some time now. The Yakuza series has also only been subbed since Yakuza 2, Yakuza 1 is the only one that’s been dubbed.

  • benbenkr

    I’d rather they do Ishin first. Yakuza 5 is a far bigger game than Ishin is.

    • Elliott Moon

      I think they will focus on yakuza 5 first because its only on the ps3 compared to Ishin thats on the ps4 also, so they can get away with translating that later i think

      • Ishin’s on the PS3 as well

      • benbenkr

        …and, there’s absolutely no problem with doing Ishin first? It’s a shorter game and one translation will be available for 2 versions of the game, meaning more sales. If sales is what Sega wants, this is it.

        • Elliott Moon

          true but i think it would be wise to get 5 done first because that’s living borrowed time and they could easily just only do the ps4 version of ishin at a later date or do both versions of ishin first and bring yakuza 5 to ps4 later if it would be possible

    • landman

      What makes you think Ishin is a smaller game in terms of localization?

      • benbenkr

        The devs said it, not me. Smaller game, shorter story (which means less to translate), lesser sidequests (again, less to translate) in comparison to Yakuza 5. That however doesn’t mean Ishin is a small game though.

  • VsV

    Please atlus do it.

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