When it comes to games getting localized, everyone is terrified when Americans get their hands on Japanese titles because of the horror stories involved with localization ports like Fire Emblem Fates or Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, where dialogue is butchered, characters are butchered, and lots of content is censored or completely removed… like head-patting mini-games. Well, in the case of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the game will make the journey from the East to the West seemingly unscathed… according to the localizers.
DualShockers took note of a brief conversation in a long, two hour live-stream of Yakuza 6, featuring the English localization of the highly anticipated PS4 game. The localization producers, Scott Strichart and Sam Mullen walked gamers through some of the dialogue, some of the missions, and even some of the mini-games.
And speaking of mini-games, there was obviously some worries from gamers when the mini-game trailer for the Western release didn’t feature the live chat sexy-time mini-game, leading many to fear that the localizers had cut it. Well, they haven’t.
Localization producer Scott Strichart explained at the 1:06:35 mark…
“We did not cut live chat [mini-game]. I got so many people [asking] ‘did you cut the live chat, Scott?’. It’s just not something that goes [into the trailer]. But it’s there. It’s in there! It’s in the game. It’s 100% in the game.”
So for everyone worried about whether or not he localizers would pull a Treehouse, you can rest easy knowing that they aren’t intent on ruining the lives of Otaku and weebs like certain other localization outfits.
If you’re unfamiliar with the live-chat mini-game in Yakuza 6, there’s a video below from Giuseppe’s YouTube channel featuring the mode.
After confirming that the mini-games will make the leap from East to West without being removed or censored, the rest of the live-stream featured the duo playing several rounds of Virtua Fighter 5, which is available in its entirety within Yakuza 6. How sweet is that?
The duo aren’t the best at Virtua Fighter, but the game runs at a nice 60fps on the PS4.
The confirmation of the game being uncensored is a welcome bit of news, but it may not be entirely surprising given that the original creators had confirmed that they wouldn’t be kowtowing the Yakuza series to feminists, neither in Japan nor abroad.
You can look for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life to make its debut in the West for the PlayStation 4 starting March 20th this spring.