Yakuza 3, 4 & 5 remasters will not cut content outside of Japan (updated)
On Tuesday, Sega of Japan held a live stream broadcast featuring the Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 remasters for the PS4. During the broadcast, franchise lead Toshihiro Nagoshi mentioned that previous Yakuza games on PlayStation 3 cut content during the localization process, and that SEGA’s goal for the upcoming PS4 remasters is to release them completely uncut. This will restore sequences such as the hostess clubs in Yakuza 3, and anyone who’s played similar sequences in Yakuza Zero knows how much fun those can be.
Watch the Japanese Let’s Play video below to see the hostess club sequence from Yakuza 3.
The Yakuza series has seen a second life in the West recently thanks to the success of Yakuza Zero, Yakuza Kiwami, & Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. Nagoshi himself mentioned that the the remasters of Yakuza 3, 4 & 5 are the result of increased enthusiasm from western audiences. The release of these upcoming Yakuza remasters will complete the main Kazuma Kiryu saga all on one platform. Again, sorry Yakuza: Dead Souls fans.
Yakuza 3 launches in Japan on August 9, while Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5 will follow on a later date. There is no set date for a western release, though Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be available on western shores August 28.
*Update: the original title of this post indicated that Yakuza 3, 4 & 5 would be getting released in western territories, which SEGA has not yet confirmed