Yakuza: Kenzan! Returns in a Form You Wouldn’t Expect

on October 18, 2011 10:00 AM

… 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”

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.