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Dec 032021

December 8, 2021 is the 16th anniversary of the Yakuza series, and to celebrate, RGG Studio will be live streaming Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan.

Kenzan is one of two historical spin-offs, neither of which has ever been localized.

According to the announcement tweet, translated by Gematsu, RGG Studio will spend 24 hours and 16 minutes (I assume because it’s the 16th anniversary) playing Kenzan, after which they will reveal new information on topics such as merchandise.

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean they will announce any games. However, the choice of game seems strange.

It would make sense to live stream one of the more recent games, to promote it and encourage more sales. It would make sense to go all the way back and stream one of the original games, to celebrate the series’ history. But why choose a PS3-exclusive spin-off title?

My hope is that the choice of Kenzan is because they’ll announce a remake or remaster, which would give us a good chance of finally getting Kenzan in the west!

Of course, it could just be that they thought it would be a fun game to look back at for the anniversary. It’s still a good opportunity to remind RGG Studio and Sega that we’d love to play Kenzan!

Update: Sadly, the live stream involved no announcements.

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