The Yakuza series is one of the best to come out of Japan. But in recent years, its native homeland has grown tired of its theme and turned their backs on the franchise. SEGA were probably hoping that Yakuza: 7 – Like A Dragon was going to change all that, what with it featuring new mechanics compared to previous instalments. But unfortunately that was not the case.
Instead of achieving a surge in sales, the latest Yakuza game only just managed to surpass Judgment’s performance. In fact, the 157,000 copies it did manage to sell were heavily overshadowed by the performance of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, which achieved a more respectable 218,000 during its launch. Even if, at the time, that double century wasn’t considered a success either.
So, what does that make this – a fail?
I guess not, as it is still greater than Kiwami 2 (which only just made it above 130,000 copies). But SEGA cannot be happy to see a continued decline in popularity and no major upswing back in their favour. Or a minor upswing, for that matter; or any swing – a bat, restaurant board, traffic cone – they’re not fussy!
The only fact they can take comfort in is in the healthy Western audiences they’ve managed to muster in recent years. A group of gamers who could, theoretically, make up for the lack of loyalty at home once it launches worldwide. But that’s a bit like putting all your eggs in one basket, which is never an advisable strategy – so I’m sure the team will be working hard to make Yakuza 8 the game Japan is waiting for!
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