Wait a second. Five? Yes, just like night follows day in the Land of the Rising Sun (and, well, everywhere else for that matter), another Yakuza game is on the blood-soaked Nipponese horizon. Well, if you keep buying them, Sega will sure as hell keep making them.
Following on from the success of the fourth edition’s multiple characters feature, Yak 5 will see even more additional characters added to the mix.
Speaking outside the Don Quijote in Shinjuku where an image of Yakuza favourite Goro Majima was on display, series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi revealed that Goro will be playable in the next game. That said, he was not described as the main character so fans should still expect stalwart bad ass Kazuma-san to make an appearance and remain as playable. What would we have done without that popped collar?
Commenting on the evolution of the Yakuza series, Nagoshi-san is prepared to piss a few people off with where he plans on taking the popular franchise. In typical Japanese pragmatic fashion, the producer describes breaking the Yakuza model so something different and equally intriguing can emerge from its metamorphosis. He states:
“Yakuza must evolve. To evolve, some things must be broken. A Yakuza that is being broken is under construction and thus cannot be released. This probably saddens the fans, so as we break things, we make new things.”
Yakuza 5 is planned for a further TGS reveal later this year and will likely be out on shelves before you know it. Those Japanese sure are efficient.