Multiple reports are going around that the remasters for Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5 were primarily made for gamers outside of Japan, as stated by the series’ producer.
According to a live-stream that Niche Gamer was made aware of thanks to ResetEra, they note that executive director Toshihiro Nagoshi has stated that all three games are being designed with overseas audiences in mind. They’re hoping to capture a new audience of gamers outside of Japan who have a PS4.
The article states that this will be opposite of what Yakuza 3 was like when it first released in the West, featuring cut content.
Now there’s a bit of a conundrum here, because Sega didn’t officially announce the Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 or the Yakuza 5 games for the West… yet.
The remastered games have already been confirmed for release in Japan, starting this August with Yakuza 3: Remastered.
The issue here is that just recently, in an interview with Taiwanese outlet GNN, Yakuza 3 producer Daisuke Sato mentioned to them that there were some things that had to be altered to fit the “moral values” of current day Japan. He mentioned that what was okay back in 2009 may not entirely fly in the current year.
Now Sato was strictly talking about the Japanese release of Yakuza 3 Remastered, and not the overseas release of the game. What we don’t know is if any sort of changes made for the Japanese version will carry over into the overseas releases of Yakuza 3 Remastered. One thing we do know is that the box art for the game was censored, removing the cigarette out of the main character’s mouth for the remastered version.
Some readers informed us that the box art censorship is the only censorship being taken into consideration, due to Japan’s aversion to depicting smoking on entertainment products.
We don’t actually have a confirmation on if the cigarette censorship on the box art is the only censorship, or if Sato was referring to some other element of the game, but we did reach out to Sega for clarification on the matter.