Masayoshi Yokoyama, head of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, reckons that the commercial success of Ghost of Tsushima has been very important in deciding to bring Yakuza Ishin to the West nine years later.
During the last State of Play the arrival of a game from the Yakuza saga ( now known as ‘Like a Dragon’ ) that had not left Japan was announced : it is Like a Dragon : Ishin , a game that changes the Japanese mafia for the samurai and that will arrive remastered on February 21, 2023 , nine years after its original release in 2014.
What has led SEGA and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio to bring this game to the West after years of exclusivity in Japan? Among the many reasons that have served to give the green light to the project, the head of the development studio, Masayoshi Yokoyama, has confirmed that the commercial success of Ghost of Tsushima had a lot to do with his decision to take Like a Dragon: Ishin out of Japan with a remastered version.
Why release this game outside of Japan nine years later?
During an interview with Fanbyte , Masayoshi Yokoyama explained that the success of the Sucker Punch game encouraged them to take their samurai game outside the Japanese borders: “We saw how well Ghost of Tsushima did, and how it was about this very Japanese setting made by Americans, so that gave us confidence Ishin could do well in America too “, explains the head of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio.
The truth is that Ghost of Tsushima has experienced a magnificent commercial performance: in July of this year we learned that Sucker Punch’s samurai game was about to reach 10 million units sold to coincide with its second anniversary. The original version was released in July 2020 for PS4 , although Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut was re-released for PS5 in August of last year . It should be remembered that a movie based on this video game is being prepared .
For its part, Like a Dragon: Ishin is preparing to be released on February 21, 2023 on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One and PC.