Xbox Series X/S launch title, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, has been delayed indefinitely in Japan. There is a bit of complication in this news. Microsoft and Sega confirm that the game will only be postponed in Japan. Therefore, you can still expect it to release on November 10th in other countries.
As of yet, no particular reason for this country-specific delay has been given. SEGA only commented, “We have not officially announced the release of Yakuza: Like a Dragon for the Xbox Series X in Japan.”
The news is intricate, mainly because Yakuza: Like a Dragon is already available in Japan since January. Other than that, delaying the game in a specific country also seems to be quite complicated.
Earlier this year, they specifically released it in Japan for the PS4. Afterwards, they confirmed that the game would be released worldwide for PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X in November 2020. To complicate it even further, they also confirmed it would release on PlayStation 5, but that would be on March 21, 2020.
Xbox has always been far behind in terms of sales against other consoles in Japan. There isn’t any particular thing that Xbox does wrong. It’s just that Nintendo and PlayStation are Japanese companies, and some of their titles are precisely Japanese oriented. This year, we thought Xbox would do well in Japan, thanks to Yakuza: Like a Dragon, but it seems everything has gone wrong.
Suppose you haven’t heard much of this Japanese game. Here are a few things you should know. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is the eighth installment in the Yakuza series. The RPG focuses on a new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, who has just been released from prison after 18 years. The game recently got its reviews, and it seems that it is doing quite well.