Sony “Focusing” on Yakuza Localization and on Shenmue
Sony’s VP of Publisher & Developer Relations Adam Boyes is the man that gets most hands-on with third parties, working with them in order to get more titles on PlayStation consoles and more games localized. Today he dropped two very interesting names as part of an interview on Kotaku.
We get a ton of requests for Yakuza, a ton of requests for Shenmue. We see the lists. Like everything that people have tweeted Gio, literally we have a person that compiles those lists and prioritizes based on how many requests we’ve gotten. And I think to date there’s well over 10,000 mentions across like forum threads and stuff like that. So those are the ones we’re focused on.
But I think the challenge is always that there’s so many different intricacies, going into is the creator there, what’s the current status, does the publisher have other things going, so it’s not as easy as like, ‘Why are you taking so long?’ There’s a lot of things you have to do. And because it is a new thing that we’re doing, it’s also difficult to sit down with a partner saying, ‘Hey, we’re gonna do this, it’ll be fine.’ You can’t imagine that the Gearbox team and Randy Pitchford would be like, ‘Oh yeah yeah yeah take our baby and just whatever.’
Can’t say I would not love to see a new Shenmue game, or the upcoming Yakuza Ishin heading westwards soon. Will Boyes manage to persuade Sony’s partners? We’ll have to wait and see, but hearing him drop those names is like a breath of fresh air.