It’s no small secret fans have been eager to see Yakuza Kenzan and Ishin come to the west.

Since 2017, the Yakuza series has seen a blossoming of sorts in the west. A blossoming which truly began with Yakuza 0, then Kiwami and Kiwami 2. This followed with subsequent releases of Yakuza 6 and even a remaster of Yakuza 3-5. You couple this with the series now expanding to multiple platforms and suddenly the series is a household name amongst gamers.

Hope for Yakuza Kenzan and Ishin in the West?

However, there happens to be two titles that have yet to see a release in the west. With the 7th anniversary of Yakuza Ishin’s Japan release, now here, fans wonder if the games will ever come over.

Daisuke Sato, the producer of the Yakuza series recently gave his thoughts on the matter. In an interview with JPGames, the interviewer asks him whether the games can be localized.

JPGAMES: Fans still hope that “Ishin” and “Kenzan” will be localised. Under what circumstances would you consider localisation?

Sato: Personally, I would like to see these titles localized so that Western fans can enjoy them. In the past, we prioritised trying to regain a foothold in the west with Yakuza 0. Time quickly flew by without a good time to publish these titles. In my opinion, the action in “Ishin” and “Kenzan” is some of the best in the series. So I would like to localize the titles if there is a chance. However, they are already seven years old. So it would take additional work to produce remakes instead of simple ports. That makes the decision a little more complicated.

Seeing Sato address this issue sounds reassuring at the least. Although, this doesn’t constitute as a hard confirmation, hearing enthusiasm for wanting to localize them is a great sign. This is also indicative of Yakuza’s growing popularity in the west. Knowing there’s even discussions taking place about these forgotten spin-offs, is evidence enough.

Sato also mentions, Kenzan and Ishin would see full remakes instead of mere ports. Which, for me personally, is music to my ears. RGG’s Dragon Engine, stands as one of the most visually stunning in the industry today. Imagining, Kenzan and Ishin utilizing the engine in it’s fullest, makes my mouth water!

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