The Yakuza series producer Daisuke Sato has hinted that the Yakuza spinoff Kenzen might get a full on remake, alongside a Western release thanks to the absolutely huge surge in […]
The Yakuza series producer Daisuke Sato has hinted that the Yakuza spinoff Kenzen might get a full on remake, alongside a Western release thanks to the absolutely huge surge in popularity in recent years.
Kenzan took a different turn for the series, as it took the open-world nature of the IP and threw samurais in the mix instead of your average yakuza member. Kenzan was set in 17th century Kyoto, Japan.
Here is the interview with Siliconera where he speaks about the possibility:
Will you continue to release new Kiwami remakes?
“Personally, Yakuza: Kenzan is quite suitable to get a ‘Kiwami’ makeover. Kenzan was the first Yakuza game on the PlayStation 3, and only released in Japan. A lot of Western players mentioned that they want to play this game in English, and Asian players also want the game to release in Chinese. And because Kenzan was an early PS3 game, if it were to receive a simple HD remaster it would feel like it’s missing something, so in my opinion a ‘Kiwami’ version would be better.”
You’ve mentioned that re-negotiating contracts is quite troublesome. Would you consider making games like Kenzan that don’t really require contracts?
“Because Yakuza: Kenzan! is an early game, the overall appearances of the characters are quite old, and so if we were to create a ‘Kiwami’ version, we could possibly find new actors to contract and swap the models out.”Daisuke Sato, Yakuza series producer
Yakuza Kenzan isn’t the only entry in the series to never come West. Yakuza Ishin and Yakuza: Black Panther (alongside its sequel) were released exclusively in Japan on PS3/PS4 and PSP respectively. SEGA recently said that the Yakuza IP was no longer considered a PlayStation exclusive series anymore, so if a Kenzan Kiwami happens, you can expect the game to hit PC.
Yakuza is a crime beat ’em up franchise that focuses on essentially the Japanese mafia. The first entry launched back in 2005 on PS2 but you can get the game on PS4 and PC in the remake form Kiwami.