French video game publication GameBlog has published a new interview with Daisuke Sato And Takaya Kuroda to discuss the popular Yakuza series. They were asked about whether the Nintendo Switch or the Xbox One were possibilities for the series going forward. They liked the idea of the Xbox One, but they didn’t think that the Nintendo Switch would be a good fit for the established franchise. Be warned the article is obviously French translated into English, but it should give you a decent understanding.
Ryu Ga Gotoku 1 & 2 HD is released on Wii U. Binary Domain is released on Xbox 360. Why not take out the Yakuza on Switch and Xbox One to further enlarge the base of fans of the series in the West?
Daisuke Sato: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 to drain 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.