Lost in the crush of pre and current E3 2015 news, SEGA quietly updated their Yakuza 5 page to reflect a Fall 2015 release window. Most European and North American fans of the series were optimistic that the reveal and nearby release would occur at the big conference, and perhaps even be accompanied by a Yakuza 0 announcement. For them, this is quite disappointing. No reason or official announcement explained the delay, from their previous Summer 2015 window.
This means it will be close to a full 3 years from the Japanese release and well into the life of the Playstation 4 console. The more pessimistic of fans, me, says that SEGA’s sales of the title will be pretty low for a last-gen title. The even more pessimistic of fans – and I’m starting to get there – will say that this works out for SEGA. Another poor sales outing in North America will allow them to finally, completely ignore fan’s requests for localization of Yakuza 5, Ishin, Kenshin and the newest title, Zero.
If Yakuza 5 hits that Fall 2015 window, remember this release outside of Japan is slated to be digital only.