There has no doubt been a big push this generation for the Yakuza franchise. With the success of Yakuza 0 on PS4 we have seen a steady flow of Yakuza games in the West. With Yakuza 0 coming to PC later this year, many people were wondering if this franchise would be coming to Xbox One or Nintendo Switch. Recently French gaming site Gameblog had an interview with Yakuza producer Daisuke Sato. In the interview, Sato was asked about the possibility of the Yakuza franchise being expanded on other platforms such as Nintendo Switch or even Xbox One. In a surprising statement, Mr. Sato had this to say in regards to Yakuza on more platforms:
“To be realistic towards what happened, Yakuza 1 & 2 for Wii U was a significant failure. But our goal is still to develop cross-platform as much as possible, and we know that it brings an extra audience, that it allows us to attract more people. That being said, when it comes to Switch, I am convinced that it would not be the ideal platform on which to develop Yakuza games. Maybe the public is not expecting that kind of game on Switch. They may be used to different games. It may not be the ideal platform. Regarding Xbox One, we could consider it, knowing that Xbox One users might be more likely to be interested in a game like Yakuza. That could be an option.”
It’s interesting to see that the Nintendo Switch, which is known for its wide variety of Japanese content, is not being considered for ports and that the Xbox One would be a more viable option. It will be interesting to see if we could see the Yakuza franchise begin to show up on the Xbox One in the future, unfortunately it looks like Nintendo Switch owners should not hold their breath.
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Source for Interview Translation.