Now that Yakuza: Of the End has moved 400,000 copies, Sega has shipped over 5 million copies of the Yakuza games worldwide since it debuted on the PS2 in 2005. [ファミ通]
Toshihiro Nagoshi, who picked making video games over making porn, took a whiff of "Black Dragon" cologne, which is doing an in-game collaboration with the upcoming Yakuza: Of the End.
It's not every day that you see a bottle of booze stamped with "licensed by Sega". But this isn't everyday. It's Tuesday, May 31.
Yakuza: of the End is Sega's zombie parody game that was originally slated for a March release. Then the earthquake hit, and the game was delayed to June.
Back before Sega game designer Toshihiro Nagoshi turned golden brown, he was just another kid from rural Japan, moving to Tokyo, trying to make it big.
Zombie parody game Yakuza: of the End was slated for release on March 17. Then, the unthinkable happened; on March 11, an earthquake and an ensuing tsunami laid waste to Japan's northeast. The game, which depicted a city in ruins (pictured), was one of many delayed out of respect to the victims.
After the Tohoku Earthquake struck, Sega decided it would be inappropriate to release Yakuza: Of The End and delayed it. The game is a zombie parody, setting in a ravaged urban center. The game finally has a new release date in Japan: June 9. A portion of the profits will go to the disaster relief efforts in Japan.…
The impact of last Friday's earthquake and ensuing tsunami are still being felt. Those hit hardest are certainly not thinking of video games. But in an effort to be respectful, game companies are either holding back or completely canceling titles that could remind people of the recent destruction in Japan.
Sega's Yakuza crime games are infected with zombies (and zombies from other games). In the game's fictional Kamurocho, schoolgirls and business ladies are turning into the walking dead. But when you finally kill them, they don't exactly end up lady-like.
Survival shooter Left 4 Dead features a whole cast of memorable zombies. So does upcoming zombie game Yakuza: Of The End. Thing is, I remember them being in Left 4 Dead first.
Never one to shy away from real world cross promotions, Japanese crime game Yakuza: Of The End lets gamers belt out tunes that feature two of the game's characters in the cheesy sing-a-long music video.
Esper Ito, above, is actually less creepy-looking as a video game zombie. No, really. But that still doesn't take away his position as Japan's bravest (and craziest?) comedian.
Jun Komori started out as a fashion model, appearing in magazines like Popteen. There are tons of magazine models. So Jun started to be different by making stupid faces.
Real honest-to-goodness yakuza have already made their thoughts known on Sega's crime opus Yakuza 3. Now a Tokyo police officer and a yakuza lawyer weigh in on the game and suss out what's realistic and what's not.
Yes, Yakuza 5 is a zombie game. If you think that's silly, just wait, in the game's debut trailer, things get even sillier.
As seen at the Sega booth at this year's Tokyo Game Show.