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Yakuza 4 going international, hostess clubs playable

By Heath | June 8, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Sega has announced on its blog site that Yakuza 4 (called Ryu Ga Gotoku 4 in Japan) will receive European and North American localizations in the Spring of 2011, about a year after its Japanese release.   And, perhaps in response to complaints about Yakuza 3‘s localized versions, that hostess clubs are playable.

Yakuza 4 was released in Japan in March on this year and was the subject of massively high sales. Despite most previous games being localized, there was some anxiety among fans about this one. Yakuza: Kenzan, which uses the series’ gameplay style in samurai-era Japan, has not been announced for international release.

Sega of Europe says, “Four is a very powerful number in this particular installment as not only will you experience the gritty atmosphere of Kiryu Kazuma’s experiences, three other characters will also be available to play. Each of them with their own engaging backstory and a gripping interwoven plot.”


Sega of Europe has also confirmed that the hostesses will return to Yakuza 4, at last in its version. Yakuza 3 was the subject of much controversy, as the content relating to hostess clubs had been removed for versions outside of Japan. Sega’s news department said, “Whilst I don’t know all the ins and outs of the game at this stage I can at least confirm to you that the much loved Hostesses will return in Yakuza 4 in all their alluring glory. “

Topics: Sega, Yakuza 4