On December 8th, 2005 the original Ryu Ga Gotoku (Yakuza to us English speakers) was published for the Playstation 2 hardware in Japan. The franchise had a rocky transition to Western markets and at certain points throughout its history seemed destined to remain in Japan.
Not anymore as the IP found a larger Western audience starting with the release of Yakuza 0 for PS4. It’s now found its way to PC, and is even headed for Xbox’s Game Pass.
Sega’s announced a live stream to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise which will air on the 18th and feature Kazuma Kiryu’s voice actor Takaya Kuroda and the voice of new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, Kazuhiro Nakatani.
We’ll update with you any new and relevant announcements.
— ???????? ?? (@ryugagotoku) December 8, 2019
Spencer joined us in early 2015, previously a console centric gamer he switched to PC a few years ago. He later helped push for an increase in Japanese content on PC with the #SEGAPCPorts campaign. Previously he ran a SEGA fansite as well as co-hosted a gaming podcast. He thinks Duke Nukem 3D is the best FPS of all time, his text message alert on his phone is literally Duke Nukem saying “Let God sort ’em out.”