Yakuza Producer Doesn't See Switch as "The Ideal Platform" For Series

Yakuza Studio might be bringing games to PC, but Switch still isn't on the table.

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The Yakuza series has been PlayStation exclusive for most of its lifespan, outside of a few exceptions. Sega recently announced that Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami were coming to PC via Steam, so fans were wondering if the damn was about to break. Especially since the Nintendo Switch is doing so well in Japan.

According to Yakuza series producer Daisuke Sato, the prospects of Yakuza on Switch aren't that high at the moment.

"To be realistic about what happened, Yakuza 1 and 2 HD for Wii U was a huge failure. But we are always looking to develop for multiple platforms as much as possible and know that brings in a greater audience to attract more people," Sato told (translated via Gematsu). "However, as far as Switch is concerned, I’m convinced that it isn’t the ideal platform on which to develop Yakuza games. Maybe people don’t expect this kind of game on Switch. Maybe they’re used to different games. It may not be the ideal platform."

Sato did leave the door open for another platform though, one which doesn't do well at all in Japan, but still retains a sizable audience worldwide.

"As for Xbox One, we can consider it, knowing that Xbox One users may be more likely to be interested in a game like Yakuza. This could potentially be an option," he added.

It's still the year of Yakuza though. Yakuza 6 came out earlier this year and we have a whole guide to help you out with it if you're just jumping in. Yakuza 0 is coming to PC on August 1, Yakuza Kiwami 2 will come to PlayStation 4 on August 28, and the Yakuza Studio-developed Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise will release on October 2, 2018. If you're really hungry for Yakuza, the Yakuza Kiwami 2 demo is available on PlayStation Network right now.

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  • Avatar for LunarFlame17 #1 LunarFlame17 4 months ago
    Raise your hand if you’d play Yakuza on the Switch.
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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #2 NiceGuyNeon 4 months ago
    The yakuza producer is a coward. A GOD DANG COWARD!
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  • Avatar for Godots17thCup #3 Godots17thCup 4 months ago
    I'd totally play every Yakuza game on the Switch if I could, but I can understand why they're very wary of going back to a Nintendo console, even an incredibly healthy and successful one like the Switch, after the way the series just completely bombed on Wii U. If I remember right, 1 & 2 HD sold less than 2000 copies its first week, which is, uh, not... great...
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  • Avatar for ojinnvoltz #4 ojinnvoltz 4 months ago
    It's not a secret that Switch is hard to port things to due to it being underpowered. I love playing RPGs on a handheld, but no way the Dragon Engine is running on the Switch.
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  • Avatar for Captain-Gonru #5 Captain-Gonru 4 months ago
    @Godots17thCup Did they release in the West on Wii U? If so, how did I miss it?
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  • Avatar for link6616 #6 link6616 4 months ago
    @ojinnvoltz I think given 3 4 5 and 0 all ran on the PS3, a switch port of those games should be pretty managable at least. 6 and the kawami's might be more difficult though.
    @Captain-Gonru No western release sadly.
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #7 riderkicker 4 months ago
    Nintendo, release the f-ing 64GB cards already.
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  • Avatar for Captain-Gonru #8 Captain-Gonru 4 months ago
    @link6616 Okay thanks. I didn't think so, but glad to have it confirmed.
    So this becomes one of those self-fulfilling prophecies then, I suppose. "We released to a limited market, and it sold below expectations, so we're called it a failure.". Don't games of this style usually do better in the West, too?
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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #9 Wellman2nd 4 months ago
    It is one thing to say that you don't think the Switch is the best platform for your title, but to mention there is thoughts of the Xbox One, given how it has struggled in Japan seems almost insulting. I get it is more popular outside of Japan and an easier conversion but come on that is just silly.
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