Microsoft Said 'No' to Yakuza, So did Sony Initially

Long running cult sandbox action series Yakuza has always been PlayStation exclusive. One might assume that this is because Sony put up the fight to keep the franchise away from Microsoft’s consoles, but we know now that this isn’t the case. Yakuza isn’t on Xbox because Microsoft simply doesn’t want it there. What’s more is, Sony wasn’t exactly quick to pick up the title, Toshihiro Nagoshi:

“At the beginning of the project we spoke to all the platform holders including Sony and Microsoft, Every platform holder was negative about this prospect, but we kept on pushing because we believed in the potential, and as we kept going one platform holder that showed interest and saw the prospects of this title was Sony. That’s how we started working with them, and that’s probably not going to change.”

I’m not a fan of the series, but how does that make fans feel? Are you perhaps upset with Microsoft for not giving the series a chance at its console and thereby much more commercial success? Or maybe you’re actually glad that the game is less mainstream because it allows the fans to remain cult and ‘special’. Either way, I’m glad that both Sony and MS didn’t continue to snub it.


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Kenneth Richardson

Kenneth is a Graphics and Game Design student who's worked as an author for since June of 2010. His favorite gaming genres are Fighting, Role Playing and Sadistic Action games like Ninja Gaiden and Bayonetta. In addition to gaming, he is also strongly interested in music, fashion, art, culture, literature, education, religion, cuisine, photography, architecture, philosophy, film, dance, and most forms of creative expression.

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