I Asked The Localization Director of Yakuza and Judgment To Tell Me A Bedtime Story

On the last night of E3 2019, as I teetered on the precipice of rest, I talked to Scott Strichart, localization director of the Yakuza series and Judgment—which is out today, by the way. He —came to my hotel room in Los Angeles for the most last-second interview possible.

We discussed his career (he worked on Persona 4!) and the challenges of localizing a such a massive game as it was being developed. We talked for an hour, though I edited it down to 24 minutes in the interest of making me sound like slightly less of an idiot.

I was drowsy. I was dead tired. Scott Strichart, however, was certainly interesting enough to keep me awake.


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Great video. Can’t wait to play Judgement, hopefully that will QUENCH my thirst for more Yakuza fun (Fist of the North Star lays unfinished near my ps4, as the combat just wasn’t satisfying me).

Also, I hope this announcement on the 10th includes news about the Y3-5 remasters heading west. For some stubborn reason I just don't want to boot up my ps3 to play 5.