While Sega has been really pushing the Yakuza franchise by porting its games to basically all current platforms worldwide, Sega recently talked up a couple spinoff games in the series, and how they could still get a western release.
“Personally, I would like to see these titles localized so that Western fans can enjoy them,” Saito said. “In the past, we prioritized to regain a foothold in the west with Yakuza 0. Time flew by without a good time to publish these titles.”
He added, “In my opinion, the action in ‘Ishin’ and ‘Kenzan’ is some of the best on the show. So I would like to localize the titles if there is a chance. However, they are already a good seven years old. So it would take additional work to produce remakes instead of simple ports. That makes the decision a little more complicated.”
Despite the mainline Yakuza games taking place in the 20th century and later, Yakuza: Ishin is set during the Bakumatsu historical period of Japan and Yakuza: Kenzan is set during the Edo period.