Yakuza 4 Leaving Japan, Arriving Here In Spring 2011

By Spencer . June 8, 2010 . 9:27am

imageSega just confirmed Yakuza 4 for the West. That’s a little shy of a year away, but at least we know the PlayStation 3 game is coming. Yakuza 4 introduces new playable characters. Three of them, actually. You can play as a crooked cop, an ex-con, and a loan shark. Each character brawls their own way.


Since this is a Yakuza game you know there has to be loads of mini-games. New for Yakuza 4 is a hot springs table tennis challenge with slow motion staring.


Sega is taking questions for Toshihiro Nagoshi, Producer of the Yakuza series, on the European blog, so forward your questions about cut content and the missing Edo era spinoff to them.


Thanks for the tip Johan!

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  • Here’s hopin’ they don’t cut anything from this version… I want my HD Shogi fix damn it!

    • kupomogli

      I hope they don’t cut anything either, and I’m sure they won’t after the fan outrage last time and the apology that they gave, but Mahjong then Shogi are the first things I would have cut if there needed to be cuts.

      It would be nice if the games gave hints on a beginner mode until the person learned how to play. I know Mahjong is like Rummy and Shogi is like chess, two games which I’m actually fairly good at the American versions, but man, I did not win one game and on Yakuza 2 paid the characters during the storyline parts to skip past instead of having to win the games.

      • Haha, I actually learned how to play shogi cause of Yakuza 2, and I didn’t stop playing against that guy until I beat him, it was quite the satisfying victory.

  • kupomogli

    XSeed is publisher of the year or Sega is publisher/developer of the year.

    Now I can’t choose. On one side you had Sega release Yakuza 3, Resonance of Fate, and Bayonetta. Going to release Phantasy Star Portable 2, Valkyria Chronicles 2, and Yakuza 4 over here.

    On the other hand you have XSeed releasing Ys7, Ys3, Ys1 and 2, and the Sora no Kiseki games.

    Both companies are amazing and definitely favorites of mine this gen.

    • neo_firenze

      I couldn’t justify picking Sega as publisher of the year. Although they did release/are releasing some good games, they’ve also had too many missteps for comfort.

      – The Yakuza 3 localization issues were disappointing, and they didn’t localize Kenzan!
      – They left some good DS RPGs in Japan – 7th Dragon (REALLY needs a localization), Shining Force Feather
      – Western focused trash like Alpha Protocol, The Conduit, and Iron Man 2.
      – A lot of fairly dreadful casual gamer fare like the Sonic Olympic games, Vancouver 2010, and awful Sega Superstars Racing game.
      – Lack of a VF:R or Final Tuned port. This could change, but from previous comments it doesn’t look likely.
      – Some headscratching decisions – Virtual On Force (a NINE year old arcade game) getting a full priced retail 360 release as opposed to XBLA, without any graphical enhancement. Japanese retail release also probably means it’s destined to never get a US release, since there’s no way it could sell for more than $10-$20 in the US.

      On the bright side, in addition to what was already mentioned you can add the DS localizations of a couple fairly niche RPGs – Infinite Space and Sands of Destruction (which I loved, that and Nier are actually probably my favorite two games released so far in 2010). Plus Vanquish is coming in 2011. And big, big praise for Afterburner Climax!

      So they aren’t doing bad! But those flaws kinda bother me.

      • Hraesvelgr

        >Alpha Protocol
        Straight face.

        • neo_firenze

          Alpha Protocol might be the worst game I’ve played in the past two years. Yes, straight face.

          And to show I’m not alone here, I went and pulled some quotes from random reviews, which took practically no time since even the generally over-hyping game media is fairly consistent in calling this game no better than mediocre.

          “Alpha Protocol is, generally speaking, a terrible game.” – http://news.filefront.com/alpha-protocol-review/

          “Obsidian fumbled this one, badly in spots.” – http://ps3.ign.com/articles/109/1094204p2.html

          “it’s just not that much fun to play” – http://www.gamespot.com/ps3/rpg/alphaprotocol/review.html

          “Alpha Protocol is incredibly tragic, as its action–all that shooting and snapping I was talking about a second ago–is usually pretty terrible.” – http://www.giantbomb.com/alpha-protocol/61-20984/reviews/

          “Alpha Protocol isn’t very good. In fact, it’s absolutely dreadful and it should not have been released in the state it’s in… Alpha Protocol is a mess, and that’s putting it kindly.” – http://www.destructoid.com/review-alpha-protocol-174617.phtml

          “Assuming you don’t run face-first into a glitch, you’ll still be bored and frustrated by combat that should be exciting and challenging. ” – http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/reviews/7648-Review-Alpha-Protocol.2

          “a baffling cocktail of outdated design and technical problems” – http://gameinformer.com/games/alpha_protocol/b/ps3/archive/2010/05/28/a-spy-tale-where-everything-is-less-than-it-seems.aspx

          “Gameplay is bland at best, broken and buggy at worst” – http://g4tv.com/games/xbox-360/62110/alpha-protocol/review/

          Need I really go on?

          • Hraesvelgr

            I’m not really too concerned about reviews, otherwise I would’ve skipped out on a number of my favorite games, most notably the SaGa series. I’m okay with people not liking it, just that it shouldn’t be stated as a fact.

          • neo_firenze

            Everything is opinion when it comes to quality of games. I didn’t realize I was stating anything as fact, I thought people generally understood that any time anyone on the internet says “X game is terrible/great/average”, that’s a matter of opinion.

            So fine, I’ll clarify that it is merely my opinion that Alpha Protocol is an awful game. It’s a fact that a whole lot of people seem to agree with that assessment. It’s also a pretty objective point that there are more significant bugs and AI issues in this game than similarly high budget hyped games. But you might indeed enjoy a buggy game that a lot of people hate.

            And whether it’s based on opinion or not, I doubt Sega is happy with Obsidian about the disappointing Metacritic scores. Those aggregated reviewer opinions actually cost people their jobs in the real world, regardless of whether that’s a fair practice or if a few people really love a game that a lot of other hate.

            It is funny that you use SaGa as an example though, because Unlimited Saga is indeed one of my favorite PS2 games and it’s usually eviscerated in reviews.

      • kupomogli

        You have to look at it this way. XSeed has only released Ragnarok DS and Lunar Silver Star Harmony. One, Lunar, is a remake of an fairly average yet solid RPG, the second I haven’t played so I can’t say, doesn’t look too great though(even though the MMO version is the only MMO I’ve enjoyed.) If Ragnarok DS is a great game let me know.Then XSeed also announced Ys7, Ys3, Ys 1 and 2, and the Sora no Kiseki Trilogy. All of which I am getting. Sega releases Sands of Destruction(I forgot about that, thanks,) Yakuza 3(yes I know of the cuts but they’re not too bad,) Bayonetta, and Resonance of Fate which are great games. But. Phantasy Star Portable 2(I’ve been waiting quite awhile for them to announce this,) and Valkyria Chronicles 2 are being released this year. Sure I haven’t played either of these, but it’s hard not to be excited about these games when the releases in the same series prior were so good and more than likely these games will be just as good(and in PSP2’s case, better.) Then Yakuza 4 which the game is expanded on much more with more characters to use, more mini games, and more than likely just like the rest of the series, an amazing storyline(even though the first and second had better storylines the third title still had one of the best storylines available on any video game.So yeah. Sega overall has more to offer. They’ve released other games I’m not interested in and would probably never pick up; Super Monkey Ball 2, Napoleon Total War, and Alpha Protocol, to name a few. However, the fact that I’ve never been interested in those games makes no difference to me that Sega has released them or not. They could all be garbage but in my eyes Sega has released plenty of quality titles already and more are on the way all throughout this year and next.

        As for Mario and Sonic at the Winter Games(2009,) I’m glad Sega released that and cashed in on the Mario name. It’s not like Nintendo doesn’t cash in on the Mario name nearly every single time a game is released and most of those games aren’t that good either. I’d never pick the game up, but atleast it gives them funding to develop better games, even if these games won’t sell nearly as many copies.

        Hence both companies are my pick of Publisher/Developer of the year.

  • BrotherCavil

    Wasn’t there another PS3 Yakuza game…? Like, one set during the taisho era I think?

    • Pichi

      Probably thinking about Kenzan. Heard good things about it and hope Sega releases it along the way too.

    • neo_firenze

      Yeah, it’s pretty great too. Shame it doesn’t look like it will ever leave Japan (you never know though, with Yakuza 3 and 4 getting releases…). I imported and used a translation guide for help, something I’m not often willing to do. But it was worth it.

  • Nico87

    A year to add english subtitles and remove some minigames? Great.

  • androvsky

    “…so forward your questions about cut content and the missing Edo era spinoff to them.”

    Lol, if only Sega understood their audience so well. :)

  • cowcow

    Here’s hoping they decide to bring over the new Yakuza title for the PSP

  • Kris

    So excite! In my eyes, Sega’s been on a roll lately. First Phantasy Star Portable 2, now this? Hopefully we’ll start seeing more games from them more quickly (where is Valkyria Chronicles 2?)

  • Hraesvelgr

    Hopefully, this one will end up with a better cover. Probably shouldn’t expect too much, though. And no cut content this time, hopefully.

  • Slashlen

    Will we get the whole thing this time?

  • Hmmm..I’ve played Ryu ga Gotoku for so long in Japanese. This may actually be the first time I’ll get an installment in English. There’s just so much coming out this year that I want to get (Sengoku Basara 3 next month!) that I can’t really afford to import RGG4, lol.

    Man..I really hope they don’t cut out a lot of content or I’ll be pissed :/

  • Sega have said that the hostess clubs will return this time. No word, however, on if anything else will be cut.

  • thebanditking

    You know I don’t usually curse, online but this announcement calls for a “F**K YES!” Thank you Sega, you have really made my day.

  • Vino (Tim N)

    I own the Japanese version already. x3 Looks like I’m double dipping AGAIN.
    I have Kenzan too, I should try it out.

    • Jeez, you guys really went wild in Akiba, didn’t you?

      • Vino (Tim N)

        I just have a spending problem @[email protected];
        But yeah, I guess you can say we did. We actually didn’t see everything Akiba has to offer.

  • capristrider

    I’m still playing through the first Yakuza and plan on getting Yakuza 3 (sidetepping Yakuza 2). I’m starting to really like this game.I just finished Chapter 11 after a gruelling “Boss Fight” rematch with Majima! Majima was glowing pink! Kazuma was glowing light blue! After a brief punch up, the floor where we’re fighting caves in! And then the fight continued! EPIC STUFF!

  • Dear Sega, please fix Yakuza 3 before releasing Yakuza 4… otherwise I have no interest in the future of this franchise… thanks!

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