Having campaigned for months for a localised version of Yakuza 3, many fans of the series feared that releasing the game so close to other big PS3 titles – like Final Fantasy XIII – would hurt its sales. Nope!
While Sega won’t disclose official sales figures, which is always a shame, the company has provided something even more important for Yakuza fans: word that sales of the game were enough to show Sega that translating the game from its native Japanese was worth it.
A Sega community rep writes on the game’s boards, “…while I’m not able to give you any numbers, I can at least still confirm that the initial sales were really positive, and that all of the fans who jumped in to support the franchise in the west did a great job.”
Good news for those hoping that Yakuza 4, which is already out in Japan, will follow its predecessor to Western markets.
If you’re wondering why all the fuss, it’s because while a bit chatty, the games are pretty damn good. You can find a clip for Yakuza 4 below.