The western release of Yakuza 5 has been in a bit of a limbo since the announcement quite a while ago, but apparently Sega is finally getting around to fulfilling that promise, as mentioned today in a blog post.
“It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Yakuza 5, so we wanted to post a quick update on it. As you know, the digital pre-order lists “Dec. 31, 2015” as the release date. Fortunately, this is not the case – it looks like we’ll be releasing the game mid-November, if all goes to schedule.
Unfortunately, it’s a little later than we would’ve liked, and a few weird development bugs that popped up in localization caused the delay. Without getting too technical, there were just certain parts that didn’t like switching the Japanese text out for English, and we had to actually search through the source code to find a fix, taking more time than we expected. But! Everything is more or less back on track. Once we have details beyond just “mid-November,” we’ll make sure to share them!”
Good job Sega West. By mid-November you’ll just be two and a half games and a whole console late. Ha!