Yakuza 5, which was released in Japan in 2012, will not be localized for the West. Instead, Yakuza Ishin will be released instead in the US and Europe for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 as a PS4 launch title.
According to Nagoshi the Yakuza team's size made him decide to focus solely on Ishin. The team "owed it to PlayStation fans" to have Yakuza Ishin as a PS4 launch title.
Yakuza Ishin is a spinoff of the main series, taking place during the late 1800's Japan during the Restoration, replacing modern Tokyo with market towns, riverside farms and nascent cities and pagoda-style castles.
Check out the Tokyo Game Show 2013 trailer in the video below.
Yakuza 5 not coming to the West, Ishin taking its place
29 September 2013 | By JonahFalcon