Sega’s fiscal yr is coming to an in depth, and it has launched a report detailing simply how a lot of an affect Yakuza: Like a Dragon has had for the writer.
Regardless of the Yakuza collection’ continued progress in gross sales, promoting roughly three million video games in about two years, Sega nonetheless considers Yakuza a distinct segment franchise. Sega attributes a lot of the sport’s western success to the collection’ in-depth depiction of Japanese life and tradition. Which will change, nonetheless, if the collection’ vital and business success continues to increase at its current tempo.
In a brand new report launched final week, Sega named Yakuza: Like A Dragon as one in every of three video games that boosted its third-quarter gross sales. The report specified that its western launch is what supplied that increase, alongside Sega’s ever-popular Soccer Supervisor and Shin Megami Tensei three Nocturne HD Remaster. The quarter wherein Like A Dragon launched is one in every of Sega’s strongest prior to now three fiscal years.
Whereas the report doesn’t present particular gross sales numbers, Yakuza: Like A Dragon should have offered effectively. Like A Dragon didn’t crack the US prime 20 gross sales charts in November when it launched, or in December, nevertheless it should have finished effectively by Sega’s requirements.
Like A Dragon was additionally very well-received, garnering scores like a 5/5 from TheGamer and a median of 83 on Metacritic. Many thought of it not solely the most effective entries within the franchise, however an amazing jumping-on level for these unfamiliar with the collection.
Yakuza collection creator Toshihiro Nagoshi just lately made a shift inside Sega to turn into a inventive director, one thing that may very well be taken as an indication that Sega needs to hone in additional on what makes Yakuza work so effectively with a view to additional increase its success.
By way of what’s subsequent for the Yakuza franchise, Yakuza spin-off Judgement is coming to PS5 and Xbox Collection X/S with some efficiency upgrades. The 2018 murder-mystery has gamers taking up the function of Detective Takayuki Yagami investigating a collection of murders of yakuza members.
Certainly there might be extra Yakuza video games sooner or later, however what followers can count on is unknown at this level. Some suspect that one other Kiwami could also be subsequent. The Kiwami video games are remakes of the sooner titles in the primary collection, with remakes Yakuza 1 and a pair of having already been made. Nonetheless, others suspect that one other spin-off like Judgment might come, given the up to date rerelease of Judgment. Regardless, the longer term for the Yakuza collection is shiny.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is presently out there for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Collection X/S. A PS5 port of the sport is within the works.