SEGA confirms content cut from Yakuza 3
It’s a shame when a game loses content. Unfortunately, SEGA has revealed that cuts were necessary so that the game could release outside of Japan.
On the official SEGA blog, the following explanation was provided:
Ultimately, the choice that had to be made was either no Yakuza 3 in the west, or a version of the game that was almost exactly the same, but with a little less trivia. That said, our teams also understand that many of you guys love games like Yakuza because of that experience, and rest assured that we’ll continue fighting on your behalf to make sure that going forward, we can provide as close to the full experience as possible – no matter how foreign.
Even so, Yakuza 3 is still a game packed to the brim with things to do, places to see, and people to fight – offering a massive amount of options for fans of the series and new players alike. In addition, the western versions of the game will come pre-packaged with codes for the DLC, already localized and ready to be enjoyed. With gameplay that you truly won’t find anywhere else, we think that Yakuza 3 is genuinely one of the PS3’s best titles, and we hope you’ll think so too when you play it.
When it’s put that way, it’s obvious that having Yakuza 3 is better than not having it at all. SEGA has assured its fans that the story is in no way affected by these cuts. Everything else is still in the game, even the strippers. Yay?
Yakuza 3 releases on March 9th in the US and on March 12 in EU.