- Yakuza 7 is the biggest success in the history of the series;
- A revamp of older installments that have not been released outside of Japan is being considered;
- Sega wants more of its brands to be global hits, helped by releasing them on more hardware platforms and with less delay compared to Japan;
- The strategy of supporting a large number of platforms may also extend to games from studio Atlus;
- The next installment of the Sonic franchise may be announced soon.
SEGA's Shuji Utsumi gave an interview to Famitsu, providing a lot of interesting information. We learned that Yakuza: Like a Dragon is the biggest worldwide success in the history of the brand. Unfortunately, no specific sales results were given.
The game's success outside of Japan has impressed the publisher enough for the series father Toshihiro Nagoshi to be promoted to Sega's creative director position. He is to ensure that more of the company's game's become global hits.
The refreshing (in the form of both remasters and remakes) of older productions in the Yakuza series is also considered, including those which have never been released outside Japan, such as Ryu Ga Gotoku: Kenzan! or Yakuza: Restoration/Ishin.
Sega credited one of the reasons for the success of Yakuza: Like a Dragon to the fact that the game was released in the West simultaneously on PS4, Xbox One, XSX and PC. Earlier installments of the series debuted only on PlayStation consoles and only after a long time were they ported to other platforms.
The publisher has learned a lesson from this. In the future the company wants its productions to appear in the West with less delay and on several platforms at once. This may also include games by Atlus, such as the Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series.
In the interview there was also information that Sega is preparing to announce the next installment of Sonic. The reveal the project should not be far ahead.
17 million copies of Monster Hunter: World sold
Yakuza isn't the only series that until recently was focused on the Japanese market and has now become a global hit. Such a transformation has worked out even better for Capcom. In the publisher's recent financial report, it was reported that sales of Monster Hunter: World exceeded 17 million copies. The success was achieved thanks to, among other things, expansion of the brand into new platforms. Until recently, the series focused mainly on portable consoles, while MHW was released on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon - official website