The Next Yakuza Game Is Called Yakuza Zero

By Ishaan . August 24, 2014 . 6:10am

Sega announced the next Yakuza game, titled Yakuza Zero, in Japan this morning. The game is in development for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and further details on the title are scarce.


Further details on the game will be revealed at this year’s Tokyo Game Show in September.


Until then, you can visit the game’s teaser website here, although there isn’t much to see.

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  • Arasthel

    Localization never

    • alhamega

      More like…. Yakuza Zero chance localization.

  • samael789

    I’m pretty sure that doesn’t say “Yakuza”.

    • Kogath

      Ryū ga Gotoku is just localized to Yakuza…

      • Patrick Lucas Honeyman

        Sorry to sound like a ponce but could it be translated as “As a Dragon” as well? That’s how I read it once I learned the translation. Makes sense with all the references in each title.

    • Hound

      “Yakuza” is known in Japan by the title “Like a Dragon” (龍が如く Ryū ga Gotoku)

  • Hound

    Omg.. the teaser website reminds me of the Persona 5 and Shin Megami Tensei IV teaser websites..

    I guess it’ll be 7-8 months before we see more than a “teaser video” T__T

  • Rafael Martines

    Another Yakuza? Cool :)

    I need to start learning japanese… since this is just another game that SEGA will never localize XD

    • Mark

      finally! someone with a brain.

      • SupaPhly

        but kanji is hard, and yakuza games have too many of those -_-

        • Hound

          Everyone knows that gangsters have very fancy badass calligraphy skills too…

        • Mark

          If you can understand Japanese you don’t need to read kanji to know the majority of the story. My kanji is horrible because I never bothered with it (I can recognize a lot but I can’t write them) and I understood the story enough through all the voiced scenes.

        • SeventhEvening

          It’s not that bad. If you focus on why you can’t learn Japanese, you’ll never be able to do it. Kanji can actually make things easier because you can infer the meaning to words you’ve never seen before just based on characters, or on occasion, radicals.

    • Jey

      heh good luck with that. I know a very good deal of japanese YET i still struggled with Yakuza 3.

      Why you ask? cause not only kanjis are advanced, but you have to KNOW all the nitty gritty stuff about mafia, affairs, political stuff and whatnot IN japanese.

      This isnt some average JRPG with sunshine and rainbow plots and dialogues in japanese.

  • SasuleUchiha

    Hibiki Ohtsuki, Haruki Satou, Mana Sakura. Japan you did good!

  • Jadfish

    for PS3 too? well that puts a damper on expectations then… Especially since the last Yakuza game for PS3 pushed it to its limits.
    I’m worried that the PS3 version will hold the PS4 version back somehow…

    • Wait what

      That doesn’t really look like the PS3′s limits to me.

      • Jadfish

        dude Yakuza 4 had some crazy good looking enviroments. Especially in the rain.

      • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

        nor was it the last Yakuza game for ps3.

        • Jadfish

          Dead Souls don’t count though

          • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

            Yakuza 5?

          • Jadfish


          • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

            Ryuu ga Gotoku 5, released at the end of 2012 for PS3. Sadly still not localized. But its existence as the final PS3-only Yakuza title can’t be discounted.

          • Jadfish

            Dude come on, I’m not biting. If Sega made a Yakuza 5 they would have released it in the west by now.
            Don’t play with my heart.

          • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

            ha ha ha. was it really that bad?

          • Max Leo

            Can’t tell if your joking or not?

          • SeventhEvening

            Wait, what? I literally have the Korean version Ryu ga gotoku 5 sitting on my desk . There was also Ishin, which was on PS4 and PS3. Dead Souls means you’re two Yakuzas behind.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I’m guessing it’s named after its chances of being localized?

    • Ecchitori

      Oh, snap!

    • d19xx

      Aww you beat me to it. :(

    • DanielGearSolid

      Sega is hopeless, I feel like Sony should just step in and publish out west. These are exclusives after all.

      Get a little marketing behind it. And it’ll sell over here

      • Reset Tears

        That’s a LOT of initiative to ask of Sony! ;P
        There’s quite a few Sega titles that would be great for their systems in the West though. I don’t get why it’s so difficult to market a game enough to make a profit these days. Phantasy Star Nova might not sell as much as Mario Kart, but come on, there’s obviously demand for it.

        • DanielGearSolid

          I’m not saying all of Sega’s stuff. But at least something.

          I’m not a business man tho, so idk if its worth it

        • Hound

          Missing out on an international release of PSO2 was perplexing. Phantasy Star Online had a rather decent following, and 2 was one of the first F2P Japanese MMOs.

          I wonder if Sega’s western marketing department is suddenly understaffed and underfunded lately… I honestly can’t understand why everything that isn’t Sonic, House of the Dead, and Monkey Ball is being isolated recently.

          That whole Miku thing was odd and suddenly we’re getting everything for it. Did it sell absurdly well O.o?

      • Spirit Macardi

        I don’t even think they’d need Sony. After all, they purchased Atlus, the absolute kings of localization. Just hand it off to them and let them do all the work.

        • DanielGearSolid

          Good point

        • AkuLord3

          “Atlus, the absolute kings of localization”
          Europe say otherwise though maybe with Sega they do more (from what it seems for now…not really)

          • Spirit Macardi

            That’s because Atlus doesn’t have a European branch. It’s why companies like Ghostlight bring their games to Europe instead.

    • Roberto

      Funny but sad ;-;

    • pokeslob

      best comment on here

    • Ric Vazquez

      Best comment ever on a Yakuza article, I’m tired of so much Sonic and no Phantasy Star or Yakuza, we didn’t get Valkyria Chronicles 3 either! *sigh*

      • Spirit Macardi

        I still like Sonic myself, but I’ll totally agree that Sega needs more variety in the west. Some money is better than no money after all.

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    A prequel obviously. But focused on Kiryu or his “father” with the moustache who also fought against lots of guys?

  • 永次

    Ryu Ga Gotoku.

  • Chris Lane

    Another awesome Yakuza game we’ll never see over here. Im surprised Sega hasnt just shut down their western studios at this point.

    • disgaea36

      lol right between this and phantasy star I’m surprised they are still in business.

      • Mark

        yeah, the VERY SMALL niche audience that loves ryu ga gotoku and Phantasy Star is what is keeping SEGA in business in North America…please, just go learn Japanese and you can play it. I’m a die hard ryu ga gotoku fan and I didn’t learn Japanese for that game, but now I don’t need to worry about it being localized.

        • disgaea36

          sigh I’m not even gonna with you, you obviously missed the over the top sarcasm. smh

          • Mark

            normally I don’t have a problem detecting sarcasm on the internet and I was a bit skeptical regarding your post, however given the way NA fans of ryu ga gotoku and Phantasy Star act (check SEGA’s Facebook page) your post could be VERY real, because that is their mind set.

          • SeventhEvening

            I agree with you. If some of those people devoted half as much of their energy to learning Japanese rather than complaining, they’d be playing ryu go gotoku next year.

      • Chris Lane

        Well apparently sonic and total war keep selling well enough or who knows what they’d ever release., and they seem to have success with Nintendo because they’ve stuck by them.

        This is nothing new with the Yakuza series, they’ve passed over 3 games now at this point? I’m surprised Sega doesn’t release more games digitally at least.

  • Max Leo

    Maybe this being a prequel will let SEGA have an excuse for their laid back delay of localizing Yakuza 5. They can Localise Yakuza 5 here while they Release Zero there, like the usual pattern.

    Yeah that’s right I’m crazy, crazy in a pit of hope.

    • pokeslob

      it wont happen.. unfortunately -.- keep hope alive!

      • Max Leo

        Come join me down here, it’s not so bad.

  • Morningstar

    This will not get localized. Yakuza will never get localized. In face I’m almost certain SEGA’s working on a time machine to undo the localizations of previous Yakuza titles.

    • Jey

      hahah okay now that made me laugh.. good humor.
      that with the rest of the people saying that Zero means no one gets to play it.
      Ah well, unfortunate for big Yakuza fans

  • Yan Zhao

    That name makes sense. Cause we’ll never be seeing it :<

  • Mark Lengod

    At this point, it’s better to just call it ”New Ryū ga Gotoku game”


  • KyoyaHibari

    These comments…yeesh. So much negativity.

    • Jadfish

      I’m sorry, but can you really blame us for being kinda worried that it won’t be localized?

      • KyoyaHibari

        Well it should go without saying frankly, this is nothing new and it is tiring to hear. Just hold your peace and if it gets localized, go nuts; if not, just leave it be for now I’d say.

        • Max Leo

          If people let it be, then SEGA will be more likely to let it be. Just saying.

          • KyoyaHibari

            Well doing it on Siliconera probably won’t change anything.

          • ehtnah

            But you have to start somewhere… and if nothing changes nothing why comments exists in the firts place?
            and if it’s tiring to read people complaining about sega saying again “get lost US/EU and the rest of the world!”, you can simply not read it…..

          • SeventhEvening

            Yeah, Comments exist to discuss, not to petition. If you want to complain about localization, Sega has a facebook page and you can always write a letter or form a formal petition. Or e-mail them. Or create a website designed to drum up support for localization.
            So you have a point, you have to start somewhere. But he has a point, starting here means you miscalculated. Complaining here isn’t taking action.

          • ehtnah

            yes I have done that already, like many people, and the result is… no yakuza, so they don’t care that’s all…

            I understand people that complain about it (even if that will never change a thing, that’s human to complain about something that’s annoying….).
            so me, no I won’t do a website for a company that will never do a thing, I will simply boycott all of their game (except diva… I’m too weak…). they don’t want my money fine, they won’t get it….

          • SeventhEvening

            It’s your choice. And I understand it’s human nature. But it’s just complaining. Don’t act like you’re inciting change, just be honest. Haha

          • Max Leo

            You would be surprised how many people who work in the industry (SEGA, Atlus, SONY etc) browse here and the many other gaming forums.

            The louder the fans are the more likely someone, somewhere will try to do something about it.

            Anyway there’s no point complaining about people complaining, it is inevitable in this situation. If you don’t want to see complaining, learn Japanese and go browse Japanese gaming websites instead. ;)

          • SeventhEvening

            It’s not a big deal, I actually frequent Korean and Japanese gaming websites too. They complain about different stuff of course. In Yakuza’s case, if you get to studying, you might be able to play it when it comes out. Stuff like the quiz games might still be out of reach, but Sega’s localization cut those out anyway.

          • Max Leo

            Haha yeah it’s human nature to complain it seems.

            Don’t worry I have already started studying Japanese haha. Those Kanji thou….:o

    • Wappuli

      Welcome to pretty much any non-Sonic Sega-article.
      It’s always either people whining about the localization or making lame jokes about it.

      • Nice Boat Quatro

        Hey, not all the jokes are lames!

      • KyoyaHibari

        Ah, I’ll keep that in mind; thanks for the objective and rational response. ;P

        • landlock

          What do you expect since they’ve abandoned the series in the west?

  • CozyAndWarm

    Really a shame Wii U isn’t included. I was hoping after the 1+2 HD release Sega had plans to integrate the series with Wii U too. Not sure what sales Sega were expecting for it though, considering it’s a port of a port of two decades-old games, and the original port didn’t sell great on PS3 either.

  • DudeJericho

    Kind of hard to find reliable sources but Yakuza 4 didn’t sell so well outside of Japan right? I know it has a cult following and all (fan myself) but with localisation costs etc I think I can see why Sega didn’t bother to release anything after 4. The cost for making these games keeps going up, but Sega aren’t seeing anything come back when it comes to overseas.

    • Hound

      Hm.. if you believe vgchartz (It isn’t accurate, but hypothetically):
      Japan sold 630k, NA sold 130k, Europe sold 110k.

      With Yakuza Dead Souls we see:
      Japan sold 420k, NA sold 80k, Europe sold 50k.

      Yakuza 5 sold 590k in Japan. Hypothetically we can hope for an extra 175-215k in worldwide sales.

      If we continue to believe in the hypothetical accuracy of vgchartz…

      The only PS3 versions of Sega’s games that sold worse than 215-240k worldwide at retail in the west (yet were also released in Japan) were:

      Project Diva F (very limited retail release) and Binary Domain.

      Even the PS3 versions of Resonance of Fate and Bayonetta completely floored it. Bayonetta’s PS3 version its-self sold roughly 3x that amount in non-Japanese sales..

      Sleeping dogs’ PS3 version (not affiliated with Sega) sold 3x the amount.
      Catherine’s PS3 version (Atlus) sold 1.5x the amount. (X360 sold roughly the same as Yakuza 4)

      • DudeJericho

        Very disheartening :(

  • Zalin

    Yakuza zero means NA will get zero of it.

  • Basil

    That is the percentage of us getting it .

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Five Star post

      • Basil


    • Ric Vazquez

      This comment is pure gold

  • WhyWai

    Japanese devs like to name their games with “Zero”

  •!/kaishou Kaishou

    dude gif is banned.

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