One of last night's best looking game announcements was for a sequel to a franchise that Japan has up to this point been very protective of. Yakuza: Ishin, or Yakuza Restoration, put out a gorgeous cinematic trailer featuring samurai sword fights an Edo-era intrigue. Yes, series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu returns to star in an tale that takes place 150 years in the past.
Now the question becomes whether this latest Yakuza game will be localized for a worldwide audience, and if so how long will it take? Yakuza titles in the past have taken over a year to finally reach North America, but in in a similar case Sega has said straightforwardly that they won't be localizing Yakuza 5 because of its small western fanbase. The case for a Yakuza Ishin localization is dim. Obviously the decision is extremely diasppointing, but not surprising.
Yakuza Ishin is planned for release in Japan on the PlayStation 4's launch day in February next year. Hopefully Sega will change their minds based purely off of early sales of the console, because the game was truly one of the best surprised during the Sony PlayStation Press Conference yesterday. In typical Sega fashion the cinematic trailer has yet to be made available online. We'll watch out for it and update this post as soon as it's available. Until then check out the game's newly launched Japanese website.