I sent an email to sega asking for any news for Y5 and while I didn’t get any they sent me an amusing haiku, here’s their response:
Eugene, May 20 08:53 (PDT):
Hello Loyal Fan,
I cannot comment.
Stay tuned to the Sega site.
An original haiku by the Sega staff
Sega of America
Maybe we should stay tuned, I’m feeling hopeful!
Hopefully Sega will show us something at E3 this year. With Sony’s press conference it would be a great place to say “We’re not forgetting about the PS3 just yet. Boom Yakuza 5!”
We’ll have to wait and see.
Ryu Ga Gotoku 1&2 HD announced for WIIU via Nintendo Direct!
Releasing in Japan on 8/8/2013.
Best part of today’s Nintendo Direct with Nagoshi.
pixiv’s going crazy today and it’s only a small fragment I’m showing here! I think none of his birthdays before has been celebrated so much by his fans, be it in Japan or the west! ^_^
I know it’s a little late but any time is an excuse for more Majima.
This may be my favorite Majima birthday artwork.
On the Wii U you can get a thing called Google Street View U or whatever. It’s a neat way of visiting places and looking around that takes advantage of the Wii U gamepad.
I decided to check out Kabukichō, which Wikipedia tells me is the sub-subdistrict of Tokyo after which the area in Yakuza was modeled. Let me tell you, it is difficult to find landmarks on a map when you can’t really read the language the street names are written in, and also the landmarks you’re looking for may or may not have ever existed. Nonetheless, I did manage to find this Don Quijote store in the same place it is in the game. A bunch of other streets are recognizable, too, and the general character of the neighborhood seems to be intact. Want to go hang out in a private room in a very small bar? Play arcade games? Something involving female nudity? Kabukichō’s got you covered.
Things missing from the real-life Kabukichō:
- Labyrinthine alleys and hidden-away parks, ideal for a small-scale mob war
- The huge, glitzy skyscraper in the center of things
- The big slot machine casino seems to be a hospital. A hospital?!
- The homeless people’s tent city, and presumably also the literal underground casino & MMA club
- Uppity punks every 15 feet who couldn’t be more eager to fight you but will apologize and give you $20 or so after you cave in their face with a bicycle