Yakuza Remastered Collection: The Producer on Removed Contents and Localization

Yakuza Remastered Collection

During the Gamescom 2019, the announcement of the arrival of the Yakuza Remastered Collection on Playstation 4 has come. The collection, which includes Yakuza 3, 4 and 5, thus crosses the boundaries of the Japanese market, reaching even in Europe.

Following the official announcement, the producer of the series, Daisuke Sato, was able to offer some considerations regarding the extension of the geographical area of ​​publication of the collection. Among the topics covered, that of localization. Sato stressed that the team is using more resources to make the work accessible to the western public as well: ” We will not insert content to satisfy the western public, but over time we have devoted more efforts to localization “, above all to make it more linear and understandable. On the subject of the topics covered by the series, Saito also added: “Personally, I do not believe that the western territories will fully understand the concept of the Yakuza clans in Japanese culture. But in the end, I also appreciate the film ‘The Godfather’ for example, although I don’t completely understand the concept of the mafia. But there are interactions human, two rival groups, an excellent background plot, and I think the same applies to the Yakuza series”. 

The Remastered Collection will not only boast a careful localization, but also a revision of some contents. Saito has in fact highlighted how time has passed since the realization of Yakuza 3: “[ …] in those days – he states– the perception of LGBTQ issues was different from how it is now, it is a different theme, with different ways of considering it and talk about it. “It is therefore chosen to remove some subplots, as judged no longer coincident with the modern view of the world. 

For now, the remastered version of Yakuza 3 is already available on Playstation 4. For the publication of the other two chapters, it will instead be necessary to wait sometime: Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5 will arrive on the Sony console store respectively on October 29, 2019, and February 11, 2020, Also expected a collection in the retail version, for now, devoid of the release date.