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Yakuza of the End delayed in Japan due to “various circumstances”

March 14, 2011

In the wake of the recent earthquake in Japan, japanese developers are slowly re-scheduling their projects and it appears Sega has done the same with it’s major tentpole PS3 title:

Another expected delay victim from Friday’s earthquake: Sega has announced that Yakuza Of the End will not make its March 17 release date. The company has flagged the game as date TBA.

Similar to Sony’s announcement of Motorstorm 3’s delay, Sega did not specifically list the earthquake as reason. It simply cited “various circumstances.”

Yakuza Of the End takes the popular Yakuza franchise in a slightly different direction from its predecessors, depicting a zombie attack that leads to the destruction of the game’s fictional Kamurocho town.

Sega has been gearing up promotions for the game’s release, recently holding a nationwide demo and signing tour. The Hiroshima and Osaka legs of the signing event were cancelled following the earthquake.

Source: AndriaSang

This radio silence is to be expected, Yakuza of the End and several other projects that the company has lined-up from their japanese dev teams will likely have to reassesse their plans with the other western branches. But I don’t think will make that much noise at least not until the end of March.

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