Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Yakuza 5 development and PSP sequel announced

7:00 PM on 09.05.2011 // Raz Rauf

Sega's Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio ("Like a Dragon" Studio, or just Yakuza Studio to us) has announced two new games currently in the pipeline. The first is the PSP sequel of Yakuza's spin-off series, Kurohyou 2: Asura Hen (Black Panther 2: Fighting Demon Chapter.) The second is Yakuza 5.

The PSP sequel follows Tatsuya Ukyô, aka "Kamuro District's Mad Dragon" -- the same protagonist of the first game returning home a year later having unable to find happiness in America. He meets old acquaintances and is eventually forced to return to a place he never wanted to enter again -- the underground battle arena "Dragon Heat." Waiting there are Osaka's strongest gang of fighters -- the Asura -- vying to take control of Tokyo, and thus starts Tatsuya's fight against them.

Essentially this is Yakuza 2, but with a different story, and on a different platform. This game allows you to explore the same Osaka location once again -- Soutenbori, where the studio say they collaborated with real companies in the area "to recreate a lifelike Osaka atmosphere." There's also been some tweaking done with the "Brawl Battle," where surrounding onlookers burst in from time to time, forcing you to be constantly aware of your surroundings. Finally, they haven't forgotten to include plenty of "playspots" such as cabaret clubs for you to frequent and enjoy the "spicy atmosphere."

Yakuza on the PSP is out in Summer 2012 and the fact it's on the PSP will probably raise a few eyebrows considering the Vita will have been out for half a year in Japan by then. You can probably make a few theories over this, but most probably Sega are just playing it safe, knowing that they have an established base on the PSP and forecasting that not everyone will jump on the PSV bandwagon right away. You'll also get to see more of the game during TGS.

Next is Yakuza 5, and confirmation that development has started on it. However, any more detail could not be given as the "game has been going through various changes, and there's a huge amount we have to do." Producer Toshihiro Nagoshi did state that the current Yakuza series is supposed to end with Yakuza of the End, and with this game they felt they "had to make a fresh start ... even if we were unwilling to do so ... " If they didn't change the formula, he says that Yakuza 5 could be made quickly, but that's not what they want. He, as a creator, wants to repay your kindness for allowing him to have fun with making Yakuza of the End and wishes to make a game that you will want to wait for.

When asked about changes in the concept, Nagoshi said that "looking for a fresh and technical face and innovative ways of having fun is a must, however there will be not much change in the way the series portrays drama." He goes on to say that more details on the game may not appear at TGS as the game's planning may change. In the meantime we'll just have to make do with these pics of the studio members who all look like Yakuza themselves, whilst pondering on what the game will look like, and on what console it'll be on. I have a feeling that it could be on the Vita. If so, what would you think about that?

Toshihiro Nagoshi's Comments about Yakuza 5 and Black Panther 2 [Famitsu - Japanese]

Raz Rauf, Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure Tips
Raz Rauf hails from London, England. He is a child of the 80s, a teenager of the 90s, and apparently an adult of the current millennia, or at least that's what people tell him. He's been into vi... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

Parismio avatarParismio
Whelp since i got my ass kicked at snowboarding ive been issued a muscle relaxer today and slept the entire day. Time went by so fast. Is- is this what the phantom cigar is like?
FlanxLycanth avatarFlanxLycanth
What the hell is a Shantae?
OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
Ok you Monday morning motherfuckers, 3 favourite fictional universes you'd like to exist in (The initial iteration of the universe had to be in videogame form) Go.
ChrisHannard avatarChrisHannard
Just ran into my first 'suicide mole rat' in Fallout 4. I'm beginning to think this may not be a 100% accurate, meticulously researched recreation of life after the apocalypse.
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
Well I just played Undertale. It's a really unique game, but the difficulty in the beginning is a tad intense. Got clobbered once they started throwing three monsters at me at a time and lost a lot of progress... where's Toriel when I need her?
FlanxLycanth avatarFlanxLycanth
What should I do guys?
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django
[img][/img] The Freedom Planet Indie Box, for those that were interested. And it looks like a "wild cat" is there too!
James Internet Ego avatarJames Internet Ego
Just 1200 words left to go on my essays. Do I deserve a day off to play Just Cause 3 once I'm done? Yes.
TheAngriestCarp avatarTheAngriestCarp
Elite: Dangerous has some glaring issues, and can occasionally feel kinda bare bones, but I'll be damned if it isn't one of my favorite games in recent memory. Ships are fun to fly, trading is rewarding, and the sound design is absolutely brilliant.
Archelon avatarArchelon
Well, Destructoid. I did it. I jumped ahead.
Atleastimhousebroken avatarAtleastimhousebroken
Flawed but fun favorite game sorter. Post top 30 in the comments. [url][\url]
KingSigy avatarKingSigy
I am tired of random players. I need to enlist some help with Triforce Heroes challenges. Would anyone like to pair up with me?
El Dango avatarEl Dango
[img][/img] fun...
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Last night I had to clean projectile liqiud dogshit off of the sides of my puppies kennel. Pity me. Read my blog.
techsupport avatartechsupport
Taking a break from Fallout 4 to try out Twitch Creative. Catch me painting Chun-Li while listening to an eclectic mix of Alex G, DJ Shadow, and Modest Mouse. [img][/img]
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django
So far from first impressions of my Freedom Planet indie box its 100% more worth it than lootcrate. Whereas lootcrate you get a bunch of stuff you may or may not like, indie box gives you indie games, and stuff related to that game, such as the soundtrack
maycausecancer avatarmaycausecancer
When one game is rated 7.4 and another 7.6, Are you telling me one game is 0.2 worse than the other. WHAT!?!
KingSigy avatarKingSigy
I think Microsoft takes the cake for worst console updates. The XBone UI is worse and the fucking controller had an update. What the hell has gaming become?
Dr Mel avatarDr Mel
Well, that's a wrap for the Bloodborne DLC. I liked it. More thoughts and maybe spoilers in the comment section.
Confuseddalek avatarConfuseddalek
a rainy afternoon, and too sleepy for games. Time to go to the animal shelter and try not to fall asleep, surrounded by kittens.
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -