Yakuza Of the End started off a bit slower than its predecessors, but Sega appears to be happy with the results so far. The company announced today that shipments of the zombie-themed twist on the franchise have topped the 400,000 mark, just two weeks after release. Additionally, Sega said that the worldwide shipment figure for the full Yakuza series has topped the 5 million mark.
The first Yakuza game was released on the PlayStation 2 in December 2005. Together with its budget re-release, it sold one million units.
Sega followed with Yakuza 2 on the PlayStation 2 in December 2006, the samurai-themed offshoot Yakuza Kenzan for PlayStation 3 in March 2008, Yakuza 3 for PlayStation 3 in February 2009, and Yakuza 4 for PlayStation 3 in March 2010. PSP saw Black Panther Yakuza New Chapter in September 2010.
Of the End is a dramatic departure for the series. Although it has the same characters, the story surrounds a zombie attack and destruction of the neon city of Kamurocho. Gameplay now focuses on gun shooting in addition to the hand-to-hand combat of past titles.
The game was originally due for release on March 17, but was delayed following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Following its release on June 9, the game topped Media Create's weekly sales charts, with nearly 300,000 units, a bit lower than Yakuza 4's 384,000 and Yakuza 3's 372,000.