An overnight success 13 years in the making, the quirky mob tales of Yakuza have unexpectedly become a hit franchise this generation. Debuting on the PlayStation 2 in 2005, the series has become closely associated with the Sony brand despite not being a contracted exclusive. But with the increased western interest and the recent announcement of Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Zero coming to PC, many have wondered if Nintendo's new console might be next.
However, long time series producer Daisuke Sato remains less enthusiastic regarding the Nintendo Switch. Speaking with GameBlog.fr (as translated by Gematsu) Sato questioned Yakuza's success on a Nintendo platform.
"To be realistic about what happened, Yakuza 1&2 HD for Wii U was a huge failure ... However, as far as Switch is concerned, I’m convinced that it isn’t the ideal platform on which to develop Yakuza games. Maybe people don’t expect this kind of game on Switch. Maybe they’re used to different games. It may not be the ideal platform."
2013's Yakuza 1&2 HD was an infamous bomb in Japan, failing to sell 2,000 copies in it's first week. The year prior, the PlayStation 3 exclusive Yakuza 5 dominated the sales charts. Selling over 308 thousand copies in it's debut week. Yakuza 1&2 HD marked the first and only time a Yakuza console game appeared on a non Sony platform.
Sato then took on a more welcoming tone regarding a potential Xbox One port.
"As for Xbox One, we can consider it, knowing that Xbox One users may be more likely to be interested in a game like Yakuza. This could potentially be an option.”
For now, PlayStation 4 remains the only place to play the entire main franchise. With Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life recently brought to western markets and Yakuza Kiwami 2 set to debut late next month. If that's not enough of a gangsters paradise, Sega also confirmed ports of Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5 will arrive on the PlayStation 4 in Japan over the next year.