While the Yakuza series isn’t nearly as big in the USA as it is in Japan, its popularity overseas continues to make it a success for SEGA. However, considering how the the next main game is being coined as the last adventure for protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, the company is considering other ways to keep the series alive and well.
SEGA was recently involved with the remake of the first Yakuza called Yakuza: Kiwami on PS4 and PS3, and that game has sold very well since it launched. The game has sold around 500,000 copies in Japan and Asia, and seeing as that did so well they’re considering remaking other games in the series. However, what is most surprising is how many of the games they are considering remaking, as it goes far beyond just the PS2 games.
Series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi hosted a livestream recently, where he discussed the popularity of the recent remake and how they’re considering remaking the others going forward. He didn’t claim that they would definitely be remaking all of the other main Yakuza games, but they are currently considering “various ways” to bring them back into the limelight.
Elsewhere in the livestream we learned more about Yakuza 6, which sounds like it will have a much more singular and focused narrative than Yakuza 5. While Yakuza 5 bounced around to several different playable characters that all eventually converged, Yakuza 6 will apparently only have Kazuma Kiryu as a playable character this time.