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Jumpers for goalposts footy game FIFA Street has kicked Mass Effect 3 off the top spot in the UK's all-format chart. It scored the best launch week for any FIFA Street game to date.
Sega has transferred the previously GAME-exclusive Yakuza: Dead Souls Densetsu DLC Pack to other retailers.
In doing so, it's also confirmed that the PlayStation 3 exclusive won't be stocked by GAME or Gamestation either in their retail shops or online in the UK and Ireland when the game launches this Friday.
"However, Sega would like to reassure its customers that Yakuza: Dead Souls will be available at a wide variety of retailers across the UK and Ireland," it said in a statement. "For those who have already placed a deposit to pre-order Yakuza: Dead Souls, a full refund will be available from their local GAME or Gamestation shop, or via the respective online stores."
Eurogamer unearths Sega's zombie adventure.
PlayStation 3 exclusive Twisted Metal will be sold by GAME in the UK, Sony has confirmed.
"I can confirm Twisted Metal will be available to purchase in GAME this Friday," a Sony spokesperson told Eurogamer today.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's continued support of GAME Group, which will see Twisted Metal pre-orders honoured, follows last month's launch of PS Vita at GAME and Gamestation. Sony UK reportedly sold 61,000 unit sales as a result.
Super Monkey Ball mastermind Toshihiro Nagoshi has been promoted to Chief Creative Officer, Sega has announced.
Yakuza: Dead Souls launches in Europe on 16th March, Sega has announced.
Dead Souls is the Western name for Of the End, the zombie-themed PlayStation 3 exclusive Yakuza game.
Elsewhere, a Limited Edition of PC strategy game Total War: Shogun 2 Fall of the Samurai launches on 23rd March 2012.
Mafia shooter heads to Europe.
SEGA has renamed Yakuza: Of the End to Yakuza: Dead Souls for Western release, March 2012.
Dead Souls will be a PS3 exclusive, just like Demon's Souls was. Dark Souls isn't, though. Confused? What?
The Western release of Yakuza: Of the End/Dead Souls will add a brand new Pachislot mini-game.
The emergence of a new Yakuza trademark suggests zombie-filled PlayStation 3 exclusive Of the End will launch in the West.
Sega has announced the development of Yakuza 5 and the formation of Yakuza Studio.
Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi heads up the new team. According to Japanese magazine Famitsu (translated by Andriasang), Yakuza Studio is not a Yakuza-exclusive developer, despite its name. In fact, its first game is Binary Domain.
Following that game's launch, Yakuza Studio will create Yakuza Black Panther 2 for PlayStation Portable, the sequel to the PSP spin-off. In Japan it launches in spring 2012.
Sega sales are down across the board, leading to an overall loss of 2.224 billion yen (£17.6 million) for the three months April, May and June.
During the same period last year, Sega recorded a profit of 7.036 billion yen (£55.6 million).
Why did this happen? Sales were lower and costs were higher. Sega made 28.5 per cent less this financial Q1 than the same period last year. The take for April to June 2011 was 65,331 yen (£516 million).
Sega made more money from software in Japan last month than any other publisher, beating perennial kingpin and ancient rival Nintendo into second place.
Editor's note: This (slightly edited) import review of the Japanese version of Yakuza: Dead Souls (titled Of the End) was originally published in July 2011. We present it again to mark the release of the game in Europe and North America this week. To the best of our knowledge, it's accurate with respect to the Western version of the game.
So this is goodbye... or so we thought. The Yakuza series makes too much money for Sega to abandon it, and since Dead Souls was released in Japan as Of the End last year, a full-blown Yakuza 5 has been announced. But if the publisher isn't saying farewell just yet, Dead Souls feels like game over for Kazuma Kiryu and Kamurocho.
If true, it's the latter that will probably be most sadly missed, an idea that seemed unlikely after the first game. The Dragon of Dojima instantly struck a chord with many, particularly those who'd been looking for someone that shared the endearingly phlegmatic temperament of Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki. Kiryu-chan's coolness under pressure made him an instant hero, a pacifist persistently drawn into conflict by those who'd wronged him. It was impossible not to love a guy who suffered the insults of street thugs with impassive grace before teaching them a lesson in how to club someone about the head with a gigantic traffic cone.
Five million Yakuza games have been shipped globally, Sega has announced.
Sega's mobster/zombie mash-up Yakuza: Of The End takes the top spot in this week's Japanese sales chart, and by some margin.
SEGA has delayed the Japanese launch of zombie Yakuza spin-off Of The End following last week's earthquake and tsunami.
Pesky zombie plague causing trouble.
SEGA's bizarre PlayStation 3-exclusive Yakuza game Of the End includes a reference to perhaps the most beloved Dreamcast title of all time: Shenmue.
SEGA has announced a brand new Yakuza game, and it's set to take the series in a bizarre new direction.
There's yet another Yakuza game in the works, series director Toshihiro Nagoshi has confirmed.
According to Japanese mag Famitsu (translated by Andriasang), the new game has been in development alongside PSP title Black Panther Yakuza Chapter, and will be released on the PS3.
It looks like the fifth main Yakuza game, although Nagoshi refused to officially name it.
Yakuza 3 only came out in Europe on Friday, and Yakuza 4 isn't out in Japan until Thursday, but Yakuza 5 appears to have been unveiled already.
That's according to Andriasang's interpretation of a Famitsu piece (thanks VG247), which reports on a Yakuza 4 event in Japan where hacks were treated to a glimpse of "A new challenge for Ryu ga Gotoku" - the Japanese name for the series.
That new challenge will once again be handled by series director Toshihiro Nagoshi, and is being referred to by SEGA as "Project K". It was trailed briefly by an image of a young man in a familiar location.