Could Yakuza Ishin finally be on the books?
Following up the release of head-cracking remake Yakuza Kiwami 2, publisher Sega have released a questionnaire to the community, asking about their thoughts on the Yakuza games and their remakes.
It’s all fairly standard stuff, but of note in particular is the question “How interested are you in purchasing the various spin-off titles that have never received western release?” This, of course, is referring to Yakuza Ishin, a side-game that launched in 2014 for PS3 and PS4 in Japan, but never made it to the West. It contains similar structure and gameplay to the fantastic mainline series, but is set in the Bakumatsu era of Japan, back in the 1800’s.
Now this is obviously no confirmation at all that Sega are preparing Ishin for localisation, but it should be remembered that Sega sent out a similar survey asking about Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, with the release of Yakuza 6. Faster than you say “EEEYATATATATATA!”, we got a localisation announcement soon afterward, so fingers crossed, Yakuza fans.
You can take the survey yourself right here. Yakuza Kiwami 2 is available now on PS4.