Yakuza, Yakuza Restoration And Yakuza Kenzan Are In The Same Chronology Says Producer

By Cheng Kai . February 19, 2014 . 3:31pm

Nearly every console Yakuza game is part of the same chronology, series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi revealed to Siliconera during a recent chat. During our talk, we asked Nagoshi if Yakuza Kenzan (set in the 1600s), Yakuza Restoration (1800s) and Yakuza (2000s) all take place in the same chronology, and Nagoshi confirmed that they did.


“Yes, they do,” Nagoshi replied. “Since in the past, real-world Japan was a place where samurai roamed, to Japanese users it makes perfect sense [that Kenzan and Restoration take place in the same chronology as the present-day Yakuza games]. Even with the differences between Yakuza Kenzan and Yakuza Restoration, to a Japanese user the differences are quite obvious.”


“But maybe for gamers outside of Japan who do not have any understanding of Japanese history, the differences between the titles and their time periods might be perceived differently.”


Nagoshi also touched upon how the development team went about putting existing Yakuza series characters into historical roles in Yakuza Restoration.


“For the most part, we cast the characters into the historical roles we need in the game based on the image of the Yakuza characters,” Nagoshi said. “But if that’s all we did, then there wouldn’t be any surprises in the game at all, in terms of, ‘well I’d never have thought that this character would play this role!’”


“As creators, we want to have that element of surprise, so in coming up with the roles for the characters, we tried to make it a balance between fitting the character images, and surprising the fans.”


Yakuza Restoration will be available for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on February 22nd in Japan.

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  • TheExile285

    I had no idea a game like Yakuza Kenzan existed. It seems we never got it. DAMMIT T.T

    • Pyrofrost

      It’s a damn good game too. It came out before Y3, and you can find a “best of” version really cheap if you’re interested.

    • xLogick

      Almost finished with it, playing it using a combo of the faq on gamefaqs, and youtube subs of the cutscenes. Its a good game, albeit a bit clunky. Its a shame it didn’t come out here, but I can kinda see why. Child prostitution plays a key element in the story.

      • KnifeAndFork

        A shameful historic past of Japan that the developers weren’t afraid of revisiting

      • Namuro


        • xLogick

          A misspelling on my end(meant faq), I apologize to anyone to whom has been offended.

          • Namuro

            No, no, no! I’m not mad or anything! I just thought it’s like a new slang or something. I was just curious, is all.

          • xLogick

            its all good. (also just beat Kenzan, good game but it felt like the main Yakuza games are overall better)

          • Namuro

            Nice, I would have loved to play it, but I guess I’ll just go straight to Restoration.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        I’d say her arc is 100% why a localization was never even considered. Cutting out the the dream club girls in 3 was one thing; but the main girl selling herself to a whorehouse is well another matter.

    • TrueDefault

      Combat is not as polished as Restoration but it’s still worth playing.

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    So, Kazuma Kiryu is reincarnation of Sakamoto Ryoma who is the reincarnation of Musashi Miyamoto/Kazumanosuke Kiryu ?

    Maybe next we will have Yakuza game set in futuristic Japan. Topless badass men fighting robots

  • KnifeAndFork

    “But maybe for GAMERS OUTSIDE JAPAN who do not have any understanding of Japanese history”

    • theBridgeburner

      Yeah, I’m not fluent in Japanese, but I’m well-versed in their history.

    • Adam I.

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that comment, **generally** how many gamers in the west are gonna be all that knowledgeable about the Edo Period of Japan anyway?

      • M’iau M’iaut

        The closest American audiences will know is the Edo/Meiji mishmash of Last Samurai or the movie that dude from Bill and Ted was in :P.

  • leingod

    Just reminds me what we’re missing out :/

  • leingod

    Just reminds me what we’re missing out :/

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