SEGA's Toshihiro Nagoshi Wants To See Yakuza Online in the West

Yakuza Online brought the series to mobile platforms in Japan recently, but Toshihiro Nagoshi of SEGA may want it heading to the West

By Zack Potter

March 3, 2019

It hasn’t been long since SEGA released Yakuza Online to mobile devices and PC. The free to download mobile game has already seen success in Japan and we may see it soon in the West with a localized version.

According to an interview with Otaquest and Exile Sekai, SEGA’s Toshihiro Nagoshi, the chief creative officer for SEGA and most recently the director for Judgment. According to the interview, Nagoshi says he would like to see Yakuza Online be localized for the West but can’t promise anything. “I can’t promise anything either, but I’d like to eventually see Yakuza Online make its way to the West,” Nagoshi says.

For those unfamiliar with what Yakuza Online exactly is, it’s a gacha-roll style mobile game that ditches the original protagonist for Ichiban Kasuga. The game revolves around collecting cards for your party to deal out damage, which queues in the different gacha rolls for SSR, SR, and R ranked units. Gameplay is pretty straight forward turn-based action, where each party member deals attacks in turn-based combat. It seems not too far off in comparison to a mobile game like Fate Grand/Order.

But since popular Japanese SEGA titles like Judgment can get the localization treatment, maybe we’re not far from seeing Yakuza Online possibly getting a Western release.

Speaking of Judgment, the localized version of the game will offer both voice dubbing in English as well as the original Japanese voices. The game will also feature subtitles in English, German, French and more at release. Judgment is set to release some time this summer for PlayStation 4.

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Zack Potter

Zack Potter is a Staff Writer at DualShockers with a special love for fighting games and their competitive scenes. When he's not button mashing in Street Fighter, he is studying journalism at Fresno State.

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