SEGA’s Toshihiro Nagoshi Wants To See Yakuza Online in the West

It hasn’t been long since SEGA released Yakuza Online to mobile devices and PC. The free to download mobile game has already seen success in Japan and we may see it soon in the West with a localized version.

According to an interview with Otaquest and Exile Sekai, SEGA’s Toshihiro Nagoshi, the chief creative officer for SEGA and most recently the director for Judgment. According to the interview, Nagoshi says he would like to see Yakuza Online be localized for the West but can’t promise anything. “I can’t promise anything either, but I’d like to eventually see Yakuza Online make its way to the West,” Nagoshi says.

For those unfamiliar with what Yakuza Online exactly is, it’s a gacha-roll style mobile game that ditches the original protagonist for Ichiban Kasuga. The game revolves around collecting cards for your party to deal out damage, which queues in the different gacha rolls for SSR, SR, and R ranked units. Gameplay is pretty straight forward turn-based action, where each party member deals attacks in turn-based combat. It seems not too far off in comparison to a mobile game like Fate Grand/Order.

But since popular Japanese SEGA titles like Judgment can get the localization treatment, maybe we’re not far from seeing Yakuza Online possibly getting a Western release.

Speaking of Judgment, the localized version of the game will offer both voice dubbing in English as well as the original Japanese voices. The game will also feature subtitles in English, German, French and more at release. Judgment is set to release some time this summer for PlayStation 4.

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Sega Announces Tokyo Game Show Lineup: Project Judge, Yakuza Online, and More

Today Sega announced its lineup of games for Tokyo Game Show 2018, which will be held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, near Tokyo, between September 20th, and September 23rd.

The publisher will have the following games available at its booth or otherwise showcased:

  • Project JUDGE (Playable, Trailer, Theater Presentation, Stage Show)
  • Team Sonic Racing (Playable, Trailer, Stage Show, Merchandise, Photo Spot)
  • Shenmue I & II (Playable, Trailer, Stage Show, Merchandise)
  • SEGA AGES (Playable, Stage Show)
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Playable, Trailer, Stage Show, Merchandise)
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Playable, Trailer)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 (Playable, Trailer, Stage Show, Merchandise, Photo Spot)
  • Idola: Phantasy Star Saga (Trailer, Stage Show, Photo Spot)
  • Yakuza Online (Trailer, Stage Show, Merchandise, Photo Spot)
  • Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation (Trailer, Stage Show, Photo Spot)
  • Readyyy! (Trailer, Stage Show, Merchandise, Photo Spot)
  • Wonder Gravity  (Trailer, Stage Show)
  • Fighting Words RPG Kotodaman (Merchandise)
  • Border Break (Trailer, Stage Show, Merchandise, Photo Spot)
  • Persona Q2 (Playable, Trailer, Stage Show, Merchandise, Photo Spot)

The specific livestream schedule has not been announced yet, so we don’t know if there will be more unannounced games in the midst, but that’s always a possibility.

If you won’t be able to attend, don’t worry, you won’t be left out. I will be at Tokyo Game Show myself, ready to report on all the news. You should definitely stay tuned for extensive coverage at and around Tokyo Game Show here on DualShockers. And believe me, there is a lot on the menu.


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Yakuza Online Gets New Trailer as Pre-Registrations Start in Japan

Today Sega opened pre-registrations for its upcoming mobile game Ryu Ga Gotoku Online, or Yakuza Online as it would be called in the west.

The game is a mobile title that will be released for iOS, Android, and PC this year. At the moment there is no precise date for the launch in Japan. Of course, it will be free to play with optional microtransactions.

Alongside the announcement, we also got a new trailer giving a further look to the new protagonist of the series, Ichiban Kasuga. He is supposed to appear both on this game and on the next big console title, which for now is simply codenamed Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku.

Pre-registration is available here, even if of course, the game has only been announced for Japan so far. If pre-registrations reach 100,000, everyone will get an SSR idol Haruka.

This is normally the period in which new Yakuza games are announced yearly, but this one is all we got so far.

You can check out the trailer below, alongside a video featuring the development team, promising another look at the game at Tokyo Game Show. You can also check out an earlier trailer from last year.

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Yakuza Online Gets New Trailer Showing First Gameplay

When Sega announced Yakuza Online back in August, they showcased no gameplay, but finally today we get a glimpse of what the game looks like.

The developer launched the first full trailer of the game, that gives both a look at the story and at the gameplay itself, which incidentally sees the appearance of Goro Majima.

The game features a brand new protagonist, the disheveled Ichiban Kasuga, who returns to Kamurocho after seventeen years in jail for a crime he did not commit. He finds the place changed radically, so his quest starts to take back the old town.

Interestingly, Ichiban Kasuga will also replace historical protagonist Kazuma Kiryu in the next console chapter of the saga, that for now is only code named Shin Yakuza

Yakuza Online will launch for PC, iOS and Android in 2018, and it will be free to play with optional purchases.

You can enjoy the video below. and see if it’s good enough to get past the “mobile” part of the deal.

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