Yakuza was apparently a game turned down by both Nintendo and Microsoft. But SEGA seems to have forgotten that little fact, if speculation is to believed. That’s because the ESRB rating doesn’t mention the PS5, yet it will be an Xbox X launch title. So, unless you buy both consoles, it looks like we’ll have to settle for backwards compatibility and its accompanying patch.
Strange, don’t you think?
I say that because if one console deems it to be a good enough game for launch (even if they haven’t had much physical presence from the franchise before), why doesn’t the other? Sure, it will be available on the PlayStation 4 but why shouldn’t the option be given to gamers – especially if they’re new to the hardware or like to build a collection of sorts. And cross generation games are quite common near a console’s launch, so it’s hardly an unproven strategy.
However, that’s not what appears to be happening here.
All this uncertainty comes from eagle eyed writers at Gematsu who’ve realised the ESRB rating only mentions four formats: the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox X and PC. As the Xbox X is mentioned, there’s no reason for the PS5 to be missing. That is, unless it isn’t to be included in the first place. So, using that logic, it does indeed appear that SEGA have managed to do a deal with Microsoft more so than Sony. And this is a relationship that could have repercussions for years to come.
Because, who knows, maybe SEGA will release exclusively on their platform in the future?!?
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