2020 was a serious yr for the Yakuza franchise. Whereas the sequence began gaining western reputation with Yakuza 0 in 2017, 2020 proved to be crucial yr for certifying the recognition for Sega’s franchise. This helped result in Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 becoming a member of Xbox platforms by way of Xbox Sport Cross, making the sequence’ entry factors simply accessible to gamers throughout PlayStation, PC, and Xbox for the primary time ever.
Most significantly although, 2020 marked the most important transition within the sequence’ 15 yr historical past with Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Not solely did it introduce a model new solid of characters including the new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, but it surely additionally shifted the sequence’ whole style from third-person motion to turn-based RPG, impressed by the likes of Dragon Quest and Persona. Higher but, Like a Dragon has seen big western success, coming away with many awards. With all this in thoughts, it is time to stay up for 2021 for the Yakuza franchise as, whereas 2020 was possible crucial yr within the franchise’s historical past, 2021 is seeking to sustain that momentum coming off of the success of the Sport Cross releases and Like a Dragon.
Yakuza made its Sport Cross debut in February 2020 with Yakuza 0‘s launch on Microsoft’s booming subscription service. This additionally marked Yakuza‘s debut on Xbox consoles, which might later result in Yakuza: Like a Dragon‘s next-gen Xbox Series X/S model turning into a timed-exclusive, an unprecedented transfer for the sequence.
Because of Xbox Sport Cross, the Yakuza sequence has managed to achieve new heights of recognition, which itself means large issues for the franchise. As revealed at The Sport Awards 2020, Sega is already on high of bringing the remainder of the Yakuza games to Xbox and PC Game Pass. The Yakuza Remastered Assortment is coming to Xbox Sport Cross on January 28th, 2021, and consists of Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5, all remastered at 1080p/60 frames-per-second (though PC gamers will possible have the ability to convey these numbers increased.)
Following this, the ultimate entry in Kazuma Kiryu’s saga, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, will release on Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox on March 25th, 2021. With this, all the important entries within the Yakuza sequence will likely be obtainable on PC and Xbox, in addition to PlayStation 4.
Whereas followers of the sequence on Xbox and PC will possible nonetheless be enjoying catch-up for a majority of 2021, there are some potentialities for what Sega for followers caught up with the sequence. Primarily, there are some titles that haven’t obtained the remaster therapy and even ever been localized in any respect, specifically Yakuza: Lifeless Souls, Yakuza: Kenzan, and Yakuza Ishin. For the uninitiated, Yakuza: Lifeless Souls is a third-person shooter spin-off for the sequence that sees the characters combating off a zombie apocalypse. The sport is clearly non-canon and was launched on PlayStation Three in 2011 in Japan and 2012 for the remainder of the world. Whereas not essentially the most beloved entry within the sequence, Lifeless Souls bought moderately efficiently on the time and would profit from a remaster to clear up the sport’s frame-rate points.
Yakuza: Kenzan and Yakuza: Ishin are among the most requested localizations of all time. These two video games are based mostly within the 1500s and 1800s, respectively, and have characters from the Yakuza sequence portraying legendary samurai equivalent to Miyamoto Musashi and Sakamoto Ryoma. Yakuza: Kenzan first launched on PlayStation Three in March 2008 and Yakuza: Ishin launched on PlayStation Three and as a PlayStation Four launch title in November 2013. Each video games obtained main important acclaim from Japanese reviewers; nonetheless, they by no means noticed western releases attributable to Sega fearing followers wouldn’t have an interest within the historic settings
The discharge of Yakuza Remastered Assortment raised the opportunity of Sega localizing these titles, nonetheless, as a survey accompanying the sport’s launch requested if followers can be occupied with seeing these titles launch in western territories. As video games like Ghost of Tsushima and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice have confirmed, samurai video games have been obtained very positively in western territories. As such and with no main Yakuza titles slated to launch in 2021 but, Sega may very well be getting ready to fill that hole with remasters of Yakuza Kenzan and Ishin, and possibly even Yakuza: Lifeless Souls.
Other than these remasters, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios has already confirmed that the following important installment of the Yakuza sequence is in improvement and is prone to star Ichiban Kasuga. Whereas no particulars have been launched, provided that the title has not seen any form of main reveal but implies that RGG Studios is probably going taking its time with this subsequent installment. This does not rule out it being slated to be launch on the finish of 2021 or starting of 2022, although.
It is likely to be truthful to not count on Yakuza 8 in 2021, but it surely’s comprehensible hope. Purpose being, Yakuza 7 broke sequence custom of yearly Japanese releases with its launch in January 2019, which means 2018 noticed no main Yakuza titles (not counting Fist of the North Star: Misplaced Paradise, which was developed by RGG Studio.) On condition that RGG Studio is tough at work on the next main entry in the Yakuza series, it appears unlikely that one other spin-off equivalent to Judgment or Fist of the North Star: Misplaced Paradise will launch earlier than the following mainline entry, particularly with the momentum the sequence has gained.
With the remaining entries slated to come back to Xbox Sport Cross inside the first quarter of the yr, Yakuza: Like a Dragon set to release on PlayStation 5 in March, and the chances of Yakuza: Kenzan and Ishin lastly making their strategy to western territories in 2021, the Yakuza sequence is ready as much as preserve the momentum gained in 2020.