Yakuza 5 was never released for the west and from the looks of it, chances of the game ever shipping out are slim.
Speaking to Edge, Yakuza’s studio head Toshihiro Nagoshi stated that they currently have no plans to localize Yakuza 5 for the western audience. The reason he cited is that their team is currently hard at work on Yakuza Restoration (known in Japan as Yakuza Ishin), a title expected to launch on February 22, 2014 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. According to Nagoshi, the studio feels as though it owes its PlayStation fans “to be there at the start of PS4,” even if the upcoming date puts pressure on production.
“The Yakuza Studio team is a fixed size, and we have to choose between forging ahead with the next game or localizing the one that just came out,” Nagoshi said. “This time the size of the game was so large, so rather than localizing that game we chose to focus our manpower on the new game.”
Yakuza 5 launched in December 2012 in Japan with Sega acting as publisher. Localization plans for Yakuza Restoration have not been announced, though Nagoshi said it’s possible if the team has “the manpower and the money.”