Sega Europe localizing Yakuza 2, Sega USA not mentioned

By Spencer . March 25, 2008 . 11:16am

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At Tokyo Game Show ‘07, Sega USA made an announcement that we were getting Yakuza 2 and we haven’t heard anything about the release since. Out of the blue, Sega Europe announced Yakuza 2 will be coming out in Europe sometime this year through a press release.

 

Notice how it starts out by saying London in caps? Usually, Sega’s press releases start out with San Francisco & London when they make a Western announcement. Just look at the recent Valkyria Chronicles release as an example. I hope this is just an oversight, but we haven’t heard anything about Yakuza 2 since the announcement last September. Meanwhile we already have Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer and according to GameFly we will see Dinosaur King, the other game out of the trio of localization announcements from TGS '07.

 

Here is the European press release, confirming the game for Europe only.

 

Yakuza 2 Confirmed By SEGA Europe For A 2008 Release

LONDON (March 20th, 2008) –SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that Yakuza 2™ will be hitting shelves in Europe during 2008 exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The sequel to the critically acclaimed 3rd person action adventure Yakuza features enhanced combat, larger environments and a thrilling storyline continuing a year after Yakuza ended. Yakuza 2 will plunge players deeper into the world of Japan’s notorious underground organisation, where honour and respect are not earned easily.

Kazuma Kiryu, the protagonist of the first Yakuza, is named Fourth Chairman of the Tojo Clan but unexpectedly retires from life in the clan the same day. However, his personally chosen successor is assassinated by a former allied gang called the Omi. These events set in motion an engrossing storyline that sees Kazuma travelling through Japan, on what could be the last opportunity to stave off an all-out war between the Tojo and Omi clans.

“We are thrilled to treat the gamers in Europe to the sequel of the critically acclaimed Yakuza,” said Gary Knight, European Marketing Director, SEGA Europe Ltd. “Yakuza 2 is one of the most requested Japanese titles in our portfolio and we’re delighted to finally announce a European version.”

Yakuza 2 will be available in stores throughout Europe during 2008 exclusively for PlayStation 2.


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  • Ryu Kazama

    Awesome. Here’s hoping they just leave the Japanese voices alone. They did it for Shenmue II way back on the DC, they can do it again for this. They must!

  • Angelous

    Now, I really want a press release confirmation for the US!

  • Veilknight

    I suppose if Sega is going for a complete localization of Yakuza 2 they may neglect to include the original Japanese language track with English subtitles in favor of a English voice track instead as a result, but it would be a pleasant surprise if they did the unthinkable by including both voice acting as an option for those gamers who may prefer to listen to this title in its native tongue due to Yakuza 2′s theme and setting.

    One thing I definitely don’t think we really need to worry about though, is the chance of Yakuza 2 missing the boat to the USA as I seriously doubt Sega would just confirm the game for laughs at TGS ‘07 to the delight of fans such as myself everywhere only to just later cancel Yakuza 2 in 2008 mysteriously without anyone knowing in the slightest.

  • Mikael

    I might consider getting this, does anyone know if having played the first game makes a big importance for the story in the sequel?

  • Ryu Kazama

    It’s a story driven game. However, chances are it’ll recap certain things in the sequel (not sure!). Someone who has played the Japanese version can tell you more.

  • Pedro Silva

    but yakuza 1 didn’t come out in Europe right?

  • zelgadiszero

    Yakuza 1 was release in Europe. Release date was 09/15/06

  • zelgadiszero

    Yakuza 1 was released in Europe. Release date was 09/15/06

  • Pedro Silva

    thanks, I didn’t knew.

    I think I’ll still import both, yakuza 1 and 2 from us though.

  • http://www.cosmosgaming.com Chris Dahlberg

    Hey Spencer Dinosaur King is more than confirmed by Gamefly, it has a game page on Sega.com

    http://www.sega.com/games/game_temp.php?game=dinoking&lid=gp_dinoking&lpos=hp_gamelist

    Now we just need a Yakuza 2 page to confirm that.

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