During a Yakuza-themed livestream series producer, Toshihiro Nagoshi, said that enthusiasm from western fans was a big factor in the decision to make the remasters of Yakuza 3, 4, and 5. According to Nagoshi the three remasters won’t be cutting content, something that he no doubt mentioned due to the infamous localization of Yakuza 3, which cut out minigames, substories, hostesses, and more for the western release. At the moment the new remasters haven’t been confirmed for release outside of Japan, but Nagoshi’s comments certainly seem to indicate that we’ll see them at some point.
The series has seen a huge surge in popularity with western audiences after the release of Yakuza 0. Many of those fans, however, didn’t have a chance to experience the gap between Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the first game, and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. The remasters put the entirety of the main series onto one platform. You can see Nagoshi’s comments in the video down below, at around the 42-minute mark.
The Yakuza 3 remaster launches on August 9 in Japan for PlayStation 4. Meanwhile, western fans can look forward to the release of Yakuza Kiwami 2 on August 28. If you happened to miss the first trailer for Kiwami 2, you can catch it right here.
Would you like to see the remasters come to the west? Have you played 3, 4, and 5 or did you skip straight to 6? Let us know down in the comments.