The Yakuza series has a dedicated following in the United States and Europe, but it's never translated to the sales that's sustained the game's extensive translation. Sega tried to turn Yakuza into a major franchise during the first outing's debut outside of Japan and then scaled back the voice work on Yakuza 2, but the third game doesn't have much of a chance of showing up in any English form, reports Eurogamer and The Examiner.
An anonymous marketing executive at Sega reportedly told The Examiner there was little chance Yakuza 3 would leave Japan simply because of the poor sales of previous installments. The Examiner later backpedaled on their report, citing some personal hyperbole after the rest of the Internet started passing on their reporting. It's unclear what's actually true.
Eurogamer contacted Sega for an official statement. A spokesperson told the publication there are "no plans" to release Yakuza 3 in Europe at the moment.
You have the power to make it happen, of course. If enough gamers are vocal about their support for Yakuza 3, maybe Sega will give it a shot. This may be your last chance.