Having punched, kicked, and thrown bikes through seven PlayStation titles now, its fair to say that the Yakuza series is a Sony-friendly franchise. But would it ever come to 360? Don’t hold your breath.
As SEGA’s Toshihiro Nagoshi explained to Eurogamer, Sony were the first to show interest in the series.
“At the beginning of the project we spoke to all the platform holders including Sony and Microsoft,” he said, “Every platform holder was negative about this prospect, but we kept on pushing because we believed in the potential, and as we kept going one platform holder that showed interest and saw the prospects of this title was Sony.”
The rest, as they say, is history: “That’s how we started working with them, and that’s probably not going to change.”
Don’t look for Kazuma Kiryu on with an Xbox tattoo on his back any time soon, then.
As for the future of the franchise on PlayStation, Nagoshi wouldn’t confirm a new title but did reveal that Japan’s recent Yakuza Of The End will be the last game to adopt the series’ usual format. “The basic style and mechanics is really an old game that started on PS2 and continued on PS3,” Nagoshi said.
“Times keep changing, and if we started on some new games they would be in a very different shape – so the last game was the end of one particular era.”
Perhaps the series could now move to the PS Vita instead. We’d like to play the classic mini-games, earn cash, and then bring that back to the big console bits.