'Yakuza 4' Heading Out West In 2011

Yakuza 4

Japan will get a new PSP Yakuza title this September, but overseas lovers of the series just recently got their hands on on "Yakuza 3." A "Yakuza 4" American launch may eventually happen, though, now that Sega West has officially tagged the game for an international ship date in spring 2011.

Producer Toshihiro Nagoshi will be fielding questions after E3, according to an announcement on the Sega Europe Blog. "In a move that will be sure to thrill Yakuza fans outside of Japan, we’re pleased to announce that Sega West will indeed be releasing 'Yakuza 4' in Spring 2011 on Yakuza’s traditional home, the PlayStation 3," the post reads.

I don't see anything explicitly stating that a U.S. release will be timed to coincide, but the chances are probably pretty good. After all, getting "Yakuza 4" localized to English is 90-percent of the battle. Shipping a few more copies the rest of the way around the world couldn't be that hard.

Kiryu Kazuma and three other characters will be playable for Westerners next spring, and Sega says each one with have their own unique story that interweaves with the others. Now, everyone just wants to know how many of those stories and scenes the localization process plans to leave intact.

Are you happy to hear that there's going to be a non-Japanese edition of "Yakuza 4"? What did you think of the "Yakuza 3" international edition? Share your opinions in the comment section below.