Yakuza has become one of the key exclusive franchises for PlayStation in recent years, and it looks like SEGA could be planning to expand the series further on the PlayStation 4.
In a live stream last week, series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi stated that SEGA was considering ways to remake Yakuza 2, 3, 4 and 5 for the PlayStation 4.
This is not the first time the Yakuza franchise has been remastered for newer platforms.
Yakuza 1 and 2 were remade in Yakuza 1 and 2: HD Edition for the PlayStation 3 in November 2012, and then surprisingly for the WiiU in August 2013, but was met with poor sales.
Earlier this year, Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the original Yakuza, was released across PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 to first week sales of over 160,000 units.
I believe because of the success of Kiwami, it may be safe to assume that they are considering remaking Yakuza 2, 3, 4 and 5 in a similar way.
It is important to note however that they don’t seem to be considering remaking the whole series.
Toshihiro Nagoshi mentioned no plans to remake either Yakuza Kenzan, a Japan only spin off set in 1605 Japan, or Yakuza: Dead Souls, a spin off featuring zombies.
They also mentioned no plans to remake the Black Panther games for PSP, which were not only trapped in Japan but could have been a good release for the struggling PlayStation Vita.
It is likely that these remakes would only serve to compliment advancements in the series, as Kiwami will likely do for Yakuza 6 later this year.
Yakuza 6 will launch for PlayStation 4 in Japan on December 8th, before launching internationally on PlayStation 4 next year.
To check out the latest trailer for Yakuza 6, see below;