Yakuza 3 for the PS4 may be revealed at Gamescom 2019 for regions outside Japan. With Sega having a substantial Gamescom presence thanks to the likes of Catherine: Full Body and a teaser for a new game likely to be called Humankind (HMKD), it appears that the third instalment in the RGG-developed franchise will grace the PS4. The source of this leak is a German entertainment channel Rocket Beans TV (via ResetEra). The PS4 release of Yakuza 3 was on August 9, 2018 exclusive to Japan though this may no longer be the case if this leak is correct.
Rocket Beans will be talking about Yakuza 3 at 4:30pm CEST on August 21 and may be revealed during Gamescom 2019’s opening night event or simply have it announced on Twitter. From a preservation standpoint, it’s great to see Sega have plans to bring Yakuza 3 to modern consoles. Reason being, Yakuza 3 was the rare PS3 game not to see a digital release and physical copies aren’t too easy to come by.
Furthermore, releasing Yakuza 3 paves the way for Yakuza 4 and 5 too, this would ensure the PS4 would have the entire mainline Yakuza series of games playable on a single console. Commendable considering the first Yakuza game launched on the PS2 back in 2005.
Will Yakuza 3 come to PC?
Traditionally, Yakuza releases have hit the PS4 first before gracing the PC. Safe to say this will happen with Yakuza 3 as well what with Yakuza Zero, Kiwami, and Kiwami 2 releasing on the PS4 before coming to PC. Hopefully it will be as well-optimised and available on Steam. The latter is no certainty what with Epic Games looking to money-hat as many exclusives as possible as we’ve seen with Shenmue 3. For PC gamers, this could mean their library of Yakuza games may be split between clients. Though Sega has been pretty consistent with its Steam support so perhaps this may continue to be the same with Yakuza 3.