GameBlog recently sat down with Daisuke Sato And Takaya Kuroda to discuss the popular Yakuza series. One of the questions was about whether the series could see a release on either the Nintendo Switch or the Xbox One. While they were more open to the idea of the series heading to the Xbox One, they were more apprehensive about the possibility of bringing the franchise to the Switch pointing out the less the stellar sales numbers from the Wii U release of Ryu Ga Gotoku 1 & 2 HD (Yakuza 1 & 2 HD). Translations from the French site might be slightly off but it gives you a relative idea of what was said.
To be realistic about what happened, Ryu Ga Gotoku 1 & 2 HD for Wii U was a major failure. But we always have the optics to develop the multi-platforms as much as possible and we know that it brings an additional audience and that it allows draining more people. On the other hand, as far as the Switch is concerned, I’m convinced that this is not the platform on which to develop Yakuza games would be ideal. Maybe the public does not expect this kind of game on Switch. Maybe they are used to different games. This may not be the ideal platform. Regarding the Xbox One, we can possibly consider it, knowing Xbox One users may be more likely to be interested in a game like Yakuza. This could potentially be an option.
I’ve never personally played any of the Yakuza series, mostly because of not having a Sony console but I’ve been vocal about how much I would love to see the series make the jump to the Nintendo Hybrid console. I can understand Sato’s sentiment as the Wii U port of Yakuza 1 & 2 HD did not sell well but there are some caveats to that statistic. The port was only released in Japan and the Switch already has a higher install base then Wii U.