Today SEGA's Online Community Manager Kevin Eva has confirmed rumors that Yakuza 3 for PS3 is coming to Europe and North America in 2010, with GameStop already taking pre-orders.
To quote: Hi guys I'm Kevin, Online Community Manager at SEGA Europe and known to those in the SEGA fraternity as ArchangelUK (or AAUK for short) pleased to meet you.
One of my responsibilities as it were is dealing with our classic franchises, so I'm especially delighted to be able to at last confirm something that we've been working on for what seems like forever.
YAKUZA 3 IS COMING TO THE WEST!
Yes indeed, Europe and America will be getting the chance to take on the mantle of Kiryu Kazuma this time battling the Ryudo Ikka, and once again Yakuza will be an exclusive for the PlayStation 3.
Yakuza (or Ryu ga Gotoku as its known in the East) has a highly dedicated fanbase and the series has a very hardcore following over on this side of the globe. Yakuza 3 has already sold over half a million copies in Japan alone and whilst the wait has been long for our US, European and Australian fans you won't have to wait much longer - the game will be out March 2010.
So yes your pleas for Yakuza 3 were heard loud and clear, I'll allow Gary Knight - SOE's European Marketing Director, to explain more:
"Yakuza 3 was one of the most requested titles for localisation by our European SEGA community, so we are delighted to be able to fulfil their wishes with this announcement.
As well as delving even further into the rich narrative of the Yakuza universe, the development team have pushed the PlayStation 3 hardware to the limits to produce a beautiful and startlingly realistic depiction of the Japanese underworld."
As part of the lengthy localisation work Yakuza 3 will feature full English subtitling, whilst maintaining the rich Japanese voice actors that bring an extremely engaging atmosphere to the game - this will no doubt please the purists out there!
Also using our incredible powers of persuasion and dark (blue) magic, we've been able to get you guys on the PSB.EU an exclusive interview with the developers of the game. So, if there's anything you'd like to ask the team about the games production post it in the comments section below. We will then pick the best ones and send them over to Japan.
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