On the EU PlayStation Store a large number of games are being discounted, and some of them are from SEGA and Atlus. In particular, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered and Odin Sphere Leifthrasir for the PlayStation 4 are part of the “PlayStation Plus Double Discounts”, meaning you get double the discount if you’re a PlayStation Plus member. This brings Valkyria Chronicles Remastered down to €7,99, definitely a good deal. There are also regular 65% discounts on Yakuza 5, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza: Dead Souls for the PlayStation 3. You can find the links below. The discounts run until March 23.
In a recent Seganama broadcast (also featuring Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice, and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X), Toshihiro Nagoshi broached the possibility of remasters of Yakuza 2 through Yakuza 5 on Playstation 4. These comments come in response to strong sales of Yakuza Kiwami, the ground-up remake of the first game for Playstation 4. Of Sega’s Japanese brands that have a presence in the console games market segment, Yakuza has always been one of the relatively steadier and healthier names in sales.
Sony have announced their monthly lineup of free games for PS Plus subscribers, and it includes Yakuza 5 (PS3) for both the US and EU! For those who haven’t played the game yet (and have a PS3 and PS Plus subscription), it’s the perfect occasion to give the game a try and prepare for the upcoming Yakuza 0, which received its release date for the West today. We included the launch trailer for the game below. For more information on the game, check out our previous articles!
UPDATE: SEGA PR manager John Hardin tweeted a response to fans, stating that he already asked about a physical version long ago, but that it was “nigh impossible”. In a follow-up tweet by Limited Run Games, Hardin further explained that the problem was not the lack of a distributor. Nonetheless, he said Limited Run Games could send him an e-mail to detail their case.
Limited Run Games, a company focusing in releasing physical versions of games which have previously been released in digital form only, have expressed interest in releasing a physical copy of Yakuza 5. As pointed out by Yakuza fansite TojoHQ, LimitedRunGames explained in a NeoGAF thread what it would mean to distribute physical copies of a game like Yakuza 5:
So we need to ask….
The whole thing about us going after bigger games like Fatal Frame, Yakuza, etc, is that they wouldn’t be part of the LRG line. We would just be paying to be the sole distributor basically. We would have to charge more than our normal price. For example Yakuza 5 would be $45-$60 and we would have to order at least 5,000 copies, but in some cases for other games we would order up to 10,000, maybe more.
So what we want to know is, would you honestly pay that price? We don’t want people to think if we get a huge game that we can magically make the price $24.99-$30. We would have to buy these games at bulk from the publisher. BUT it would mean that a physical copy would actually exist and we would have access to even more titles in the future if this did well.
For this to happen however, Limited Run Games would first need to work out a deal with SEGA. In a recent tweet, they asked fans who want a physical copy of Yakuza 5 to let SEGA know about it. Although we’d like to ask people not to spam the social media accounts of SEGA needlessly. Consider using hashtags (for example something like #LimitedRunYakuza5) rather than including @SEGA in every tweet.
Clarification – we *want* to distribute a physical Yakuza 5 and totally understand the demand. Let @SEGA know you want it through us.
— Limited Run Games (@LimitedRunGames) May 3, 2016
Many fans had expressed their disappointment at the lack of physical release of Yakuza 5, much like with the digital-only release of Project DIVA f (PS Vita). In Europe, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax also did not receive a physical release. While digital games are becoming more and more popular, physical versions of console games (especially collector’s editions) are still in demand.
Sony has started their annual Golden Week sale on the US PlayStation Store, and as you may expect it contains several Atlus and SEGA games. Aside from the regular discounts, PlayStation Plus subscribers get an additional discount on the games. The sales end on May 3. As usual, you can find the complete list of games below!
In one of our earlier articles we reported that various SEGA games are currently being discounted during Sony’s Easter Sales on the EU PlayStation Store. Now, the US PlayStation Store is getting a range of discounts of its own. Like in the EU sales, these include Yakuza 5 and the Project DIVA F games (although unlike in the EU, Project Diva f on the PS Vita isn’t being discounted).
The annual Easter Sale on the EU PlayStation Store is underway, and as you may expect the list of discounts includes some SEGA and Atlus games. As usual, we compiled them in the list below, with prices both in Euro and British Pound added for your convenience. As you can see, it’s a good occasion to complete your collection of Project DIVA F, Yakuza or Persona 4 games! The Easter Sales run until April 6th, and Sony have announced that they will be adding more games to the list next week.
Sony has revealed the results from the official 2015 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards, and Yakuza 5 has ranked in the top three in two categories. It got 2nd place in the “Best PS3” games category (behind Metal Gear Solid V) and 3rd place in the “Best Digital Release” category (behind Rocket League and Life is Strange). Yakuza 4, which fans could also vote for as “Best Free PS Plus game”, unfortunately didn’t get enough votes to rank in the top 7. On the side of Atlus, Persona 4: Dancing All Night managed to rank 3rd as “Best PS Vita Game”.
It’s certainly nice to see Yakuza 5 getting recognition from the gaming community, despite being released this late in the PS3’s lifetime! With this, and Yakuza 0 also confirmed to be localized for the West on PS4, things are starting to look up for the future of the Yakuza franchise in the West.
Three years after its launch in Japan, Yakuza 5 for the PlayStation 3 is now finally available on the US and EU PlayStation Store! To celebrate the launch, SEGA of America posted a launch trailer on their Youtube channel, which you can watch below! For the EU gamers out there: while it wasn’t possible to preorder the game, PSN Plus subscribers can get the same 15% discount that US gamers got when they preordered, as long as you purchase the game before the end of the year. The regular price for the game is $39.99/€39.99/£32.99.
PSN Store link: Yakuza 5 EU
At PlayStation Experience 2015, Gio Corsi has just announced that Yakuza 0 will be heading to the west! At the same time, he also confirmed that Yakuza 5 has also been confirmed for a release on December 8th.
It’s interesting to see that SEGA didn’t wait to see how well Yakuza 5 sells before announcing Yakuza 0. Not that we’re complaining! For now, that’s all we have, but we’ll provide more updates as they become available!
UPDATE: the Yakuza 0 trailer shown at PlayStation Experience can be found below!
UPDATE 2: InTheSky pointed out that Atlus PR Manager John Hardin confirmed both a physical and digital release! There’s been no word on a EU release so far.
UPDATE 3: EU release is uncertain, here’s what SEGA tweeted to their EU fans:
We know the Yakuza series is loved by all its fans in Europe but unfortunately at this time we’re not able to confirm a Yakuza 0 EU release.
The official English website has also been revealed, and can be found here: http://yakuza.sega.com/yakuza0/