To many fans of RGG Studio’s Yakuza franchise, majority of its user base resides on Sony’s PlayStation. For roughly two decades almost, the dozen or so entries for the titular series always found its footing on PlayStation consoles and other peripherals. But, that is not to say it is entirely exclusive. Sega in 2013 issued Yakuza 1 & 2 HD for the Wii U and a couple PC ports as well. But aside from the one exception, no other platforms entertained the series outside of PlayStation.
That was until January last year where Yakuza 0 made its way to Xbox. After that, it became a trickledown effect as players on Microsoft’s system found more releases heading to the platform. Now, Xbox sits second at holding the most Yakuza installments behind PlayStation. But looking forward, RGG Studio wants to continue its support for multiple platforms.
In an interview with JP Games, the Japanese developer comments on its ambitions to further is releases on several platforms following the launch of Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon this past fall.
We released the Yakuza series and Like a Dragon on multiple platforms because we wanted more Western players to have the opportunity to play our games. In that sense, we will be considering multiplatform releases in the future, and would like to aim for worldwide simultaneous launches. I can’t promise you anything here, but with the business side in mind, we would like to bring the games to everyone in a way that is most optimal possible.Daisuke Sato, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio head
Upon commenting on future installments, RGG Studio previously covered what intentions it holds for newer games. While no details regarding coming titles were spared, it was issued that the RPG aspect welcomed in Like a Dragon will be carried over for sure. “For the next game, we can keep going with RPG and make something that surpasses it,” the team disclosed to 4Gamer in the conversation then.
Already, we witness this continued push from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio with the upcoming remaster for 2018’s Judgment. In that, the game is coming to Xbox, next-generation consoles, and even Google’s Stadia to top it off.
Elsewhere in the interview, the Yakuza team also remarks on the possible western localization for Yakuza Ishin. While uncertain when it will come, the studio does indicate a possible remake is appropriate for the game rather than a conventional port remaster. You can read the full report by heading here.
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Source: JP Games