Sega Brings Yakuza 3 to U.S., Skips Spin-Off

Sega’s PlayStation 3 sandbox game Yakuza 3 is coming to Western territories in March 2010, the publisher said on the PlayStation Europe blog Tuesday.

It’s great news for the series’ long-suffering fans, who have been waiting for one of the next-gen games to make it to the U.S. since the series’ first PS3 installment Ryu Ga Gotoku Kenzan was released in 2008.

Unfortunately, it seems that Kenzan (a spin-off set in the samurai era) may never make it out of Japan, as Sega’s skipped over releasing it in favor of this game, which returns to a contemporary setting.

The PlayStation blog entry says that the game will feature Japanese voiceovers with English subtitles, which is to say that Sony seems to have belatedly gotten over its irrational demand that all games must have English voices — even if it causes said game to never be released.

The handling of the Yakuza series, from all sides, has been thoroughly botched thus far. Here’s hoping that this marks the turnaround point.

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