Yakuza: Kenzan! Returns in a Form You Wouldn’t Expect
… Or maybe you would expect it if you were Japanese. In a conference held today the super-tanned producer of the Ryu Ga Gotoku (Yakuza) series Toshihiro Nagoshi introduced CR Ryu Ga Gotoku: Kenzan!
Unfortunately it isn’t exactly a videogame, but a Pachi-slot (an extremely popular Japanese semi-gambling implement offspring of Pachinko and a slot machine) produced by Taiyo Elec, a subsidiary of Sega Sammy.
At the very least this shows that the Kenzan! franchise is still alive in the projects of Sega, and who knows, we might see a sequel sooner or later.
Unfortunately hopes for a western localization of the actual game are slim. Nagoshi himself said during the conference that Kenzan! is aimed directly at the Japanese market, while he stressed that the title is no mere spin-off:
As for the Ryu Ga Gotoku games, the series began with the hope that people would relate to these Japanese human drama.
Ryu ga Gotoku: Kenzan! is a period drama is set in at a slightly different point in time and depicts the Japanese soul; it is made by the Japanese for the entertainment of the Japanese, and it is the same as one of the numbered titles”