While Rockstar is keeping fans of the Grand Theft Auto series in the dark about the location of Grand Theft Auto V, Sega is taking a different approach with Yakuza 5.
Toshihiro Nagoshi let the cat out of the bag today during a 10 minutes-long broadcast on NicoNico, so we already know that the fifth installment of the Yakuza series will be mainly set in Kamurocho (the fictional version of Tokyo’s red light district of Kabukicho), but as most of the previous chapters it will have a secondary setting.
Sega wants the fans to decide what Japanese city will be that setting and the options are Sapporo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. You can contribute to the decision yourself by responding to a survey on the official Yakuza site.
The survey is in Japanese, but since I feel nice, I’ll tell you what each field means:
The first field lets you select your city of choice in this order: Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka
The second field asks for your email adress, the third field asks in which Japanese prefecture you live. I chose Tokyo, I’ve alway liked large cities… Just chose one at random.
The third field asks for your birthdate in the following format: yearmonthday, without spaces or commas. For instance 19800316 if you’re born on march the 16th 1980.
The third field asks for your gender (first option is male, second is female) and the last field is the reason why you love the city you chose.
Finally you can click on the big red button, and you’re done.
Personally my preference goes to Sapporo. The first two Yakuza games were set during the Christmas period, and that gave them a lovely atmosphere. I’m hoping for a return to that for Yakuza 5, and Sapporo (capital of the northern island of Hokkaido) is the perfect setting for a Japanese Christmas.