In a recent interview with Famitsu to commemorate the Yakuza series’ 10th anniversary, series director Toshihiro Nagoshi shared some very interesting information regarding the playerbase of the Yakuza series.
For starters, the series has seen the audience getting younger, as Nagoshi explains that he sees more an increase of players in their 20s. Originally the player base was described as being in their 30s.
The most surprising part of the interview was when Nagoshi shared that as of now, 20% of current Yakuza players are female. Nagoshi goes on to say that despite these numbers, the series will still be made with male players in mind.
Lastly, when asked if they would put more effort into worldwide development, he answered that the series was always made for an adult male audience in Japan, and that they’ve ignored Asia and the Western market for that reason. However, after seeing the results the series has produced in Asia, the idea of selling more worldwide has come to his mind.
The latest game in the series to come west, Yakuza 5, was released back in December of last year.