Today should be just a little bit brighter for fans of Sega’s Yakuza series, as the fourth installment in the acclaimed series, Yakuza 3, will finally be released in the US and the UK in March 2010.
Sega assistant community manager Aaron Webber posted the news over at the Official PlayStation Blog, putting an official end to the yearlong swirl of rumor, speculation and denials regarding the game possibly being released outside of Japan. And, well, now it's coming.
While I'm sure this news will please many a Yakuza fan, Sega aren't helping themselves at all by releasing it the same month as two juggernaut games, Final Fantasy XIII and God of War III. I'm sure the Yakuza fan base will be pleased to see Yakuza 3 on store shelves, but when its sitting next to FFXIII and GoWIII, it could make pulling the trigger on buying it a bit harder. Not only that, the series hasn't been a big seller for Sega in the past, and this release window isn't going to help. I guess we'll find out in a few months.
Here is the game's new teaser trailer:
Sega is currently developing Yakuza 4 as well, and the game will be released in Japan in spring 2010.
Am I wrong in thinking that March is not the smartest of release windows for Yakuza 3? Don't you think it will just get buried by FFXIII and GoWIII?
Source: Official PlayStation Blog