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Yakuza 4 Sees Highest Shipment in Series History

Toshihiro Nagoshi shares the good news at launch event where he also poses next to a special Hummer Limousine.


Now in its fifth entry, Sega's Yakuza series shows no signs of slowing down. Yakuza 4 (yes, it's the fifth entry in the series -- the first PS3 entry, "Yakuza Kenzan," had no number), just released today, saw the highest initial shipment in series history.

Series director Toshihiro Nagoshi revealed this during an open interview conducted at a Shinjuku launch event for the game.

Nagoshi said that he's particularly pleased with the feat because parts 1 and 2 were released during the peak years of the PlayStation 2, a peak that the PS3 has yet to see.

He was also asked to share his impression of the launch. He said that his biggest impression was that younger players, of high school and college level, have increased. He feels that this is due both to the PS3 having expanded its age reach, and the Yakuza series having expanded its fanbase.

In addition to the Shinjuku launch event, Sega's promotional activities for Yakuza 4 included the latest in ad busses -- or ad Hummer Limousines, that is.

As shown at the Yakuza 4 official blog, this specially decked out Hummer Limousine has been touring major areas like Shibuya (shown above), Shinjuku (shown below -- in front of the Don Quixoti that serves as the inspiration for the in-game Don Quixoti) and Roppongi.

The above pics were from yesterday. Today, the Hummer visited Sega's Haneda headquarters in the morning, where it was inspected by Nagoshi.

It then travelled to the Shinjuku launch event, where it met Nagoshi for some photo ops.

You can see clearer pics of Nagoshi and the Hummer, along with pics of the full signing event, at at 4gamer and Dengeki.

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