Yakuza 3 Officially Slated for Release in the West

SEGA of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced
that its Japanese smash hit Ryu ga Gotoku 3 will be officially localized for
the west as Yakuza 3. Selling over half-a-million copies in Japan the game has
established an ardent fan base in its native land and has achieved cult status
with true videogame connoisseurs in the west. SEGA’s decision to bring the game
to its western territories was heavily influenced by the recognition of Yakuza’s
enthusiastic fan base throughout the U.S. and Europe. Yakuza 3 will be available
exclusively on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system in the spring of
2010.

The Yakuza series is the brainchild of Toshihiro Nagoshi, one
of SEGA’s most prolific and successful internal developers. Along with the
Yakuza saga, Toshihiro also created the beloved Super Monkey Ball series and has
worked on other well known SEGA games such as Daytona USA, F-Zero GX, Spikeout.
To this day Toshihiro still over-sees work of internal development teams to make
sure his creations speak to gamers as he originally intended.

“Since its release in Japan, gamers in the west have wanted to
know whether SEGA would be releasing Yakuza 3 in the west.” said Sean Ratcliffe,
VP of Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. “Today I’d like to tell all the Yakuza
fans. We’ve heard you. We’re bringing it. Get ready for your initiation into the
Japanese underworld!”

Yakuza 3 will feature full English subtitling, while retaining
the outstanding voice acting from the original Japanese version of the game to
create an authentic and immersive experience. The transition to the PlayStation
3 has allowed SEGA of Japan’s CS1 team to add an unprecedented level of
environmental detail and realism to the game – a hallmark of the series that
fans have come to expect. In this action-adventure sequel, players will take on
the role of Kiryu Kazuma to explore rich and realistic environments, take part
in a multitude of unique mini-games and experience the deepest combat experience
in the series yet. In addition to the familiar Tokyo haunts from the first two
games, fans will also discover a completely new setting on the tropical island
of Okinawa where, accompanied by his adoptive daughter Haruka, Kazuma manages an
orphanage. However, he is allowed no respite in this idyllic retreat and before
long he is once again forced to deal with his sordid past.

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