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

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.

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 Gameblog.fr (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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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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