Yakuza series hasn’t enjoyed as much of a success last generation. It failed to bring in new fans and suffered from controversy surrounding its censorship issue. This has changed this generation with the release of Yakuza 0 and now fans are getting more Yakuza localization later in the year with the Yakuza 6 release in March and Yakuza Kiwami 2 i August.
Recently, Sega made a surprise announcement for a new set of remasters. They were Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 and unlike the Kiwami series, they appear to be simple remaster with no major visual upgrade aside from the resolution and performance.
Recently, SEGA’s chief creative officer Toshihiro Nagoshi, who is also the main lead behind the series, talked about the remasters in a livestream uploaded by Sega (via resetEra). Nagoshi confirmed in that interview that the purpose of the remasters is to bring these games for the overseas fans. Those who are worried about any censorship or cut content should be happy to know that there won’t be any for these remasters. He also gave the sales update for Yakuza, which is around 800k worldwide as of now.
Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 remasters are all planned to launch by Spring 2019. The first remaster is for Yakuza 3 which will be out this August in Japan. It will be followed by Yakuza 4 in Fall 2018 and Yakuza 5 in Spring 2019. Sega has yet to officially announce a Western localization but expect to hear about it once Yakuza Kiwami 2 is out this August.