A few days after Yakuza Kiwami 2, Yakuza Online, and Fist of the North Star were announced, SEGA released a survey to gauge the interest of gamers in the West.
The survey asks gamers how hyped they are on the new games announced by the Yakuza team. Presumably, this survey helps SEGA know which game the team should prioritize for localization in the West. Weirdly enough, code name ‘Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku’ or the New Yakuza game was absent from the list. Below is a snippet of the survey:
- A Kiwami-style remake of "Yakuza 2" in Yakuza 6's Dragon Engine.
- An action-adventure game based on "Fist of the North Star" from the creators of Yakuza.
- A free-to-play game based on the Yakuza universe for iOS/Android/PC.
Also announced was Yakuza Online, a free-to-play game for mobile and PC scheduled sometime in 2018 for Japan. The game is set after the events of Yakuza 6 and features a new protagonist, Kasuga Ichiban, voiced by Kazuhiro Nakatani (Akira Nishikiyama). Kasuga Ichiban will also headline a new Yakuza game for consoles.
Lastly, Rya ga Gotoku is working on a Fist of the North Star game, which is set for a 2018 release in Japan. Based on the trailer, Fist of the North Star features the same over-the-top action combat and comedy of the Yakuza games.
Currently, two Yakuza games are scheduled for the West. Priced at USD$30, Yakuza Kiwami will launch on August 31, 2017 and includes a SteelBook for launch copies. Meanwhile, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will release on March 20, 2018 with the USD$60 launch copies including a bonus hardcover art book. If you want to learn more about Yakuza Kiwami, check out our review here.
Have you answered SEGA’s survey? Which game got you the most excited? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.