The upcoming Yo-kai Watch 4 release has been delayed once again in Japan, Level-5 has confirmed. The previously stated 6th June date has now been scrapped, with a new date of 20th June taking its place.
The news comes from an official Level-5 notice which states that the delay has been put in place to further increase the game’s quality (thanks, Gematsu). Originally, the game was intended to launch back in winter 2018 before being delayed to spring 2019, and then again to 6th June. Hopefully this last minute delay will be the final one.
If you missed the news last month, we were recently treated to more details on the game's characters, befriending system, Ark toys, and explorable world. You can catch up on all of that right here, or check out a trailer for the game below.
Have you been looking forward to importing a copy of this one for Japan? Are you hoping it'll eventually make its way over to the west? Tell us below.
Hoping it will make it's way to the west? ...It's Yo-Kai watch. Also, It's an action rpg, which suites western tastes more than Japanese. It's more like WHEN it's coming to NA, not if.
Hey, it's only a 2 week delay. No big deal.
Won't get my hopes up of this getting localised any time soon. Took years for 3 to come over.
shame this isn't coming to the west yet looks like a game my wife would love!
A western release can't come soon enough. I could use a palate cleanser from the likes of LGPE and SwSh, which are nowhere near what I expect out of a console RPG.
@Bolt_Strike what is LGPE and SwSh?
No English No Buy
@Ladasta Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee and Sword & Shield
@Emob It only took, like, 2-3 years to come. Good things come to those who are patient.
Mario Maker 2: allow me to introduce myself
Really, whenever there's delays this short, I don't think people should really worry about (yet) another delay. I don't recall any time where a game was delayed for less than a month and then delayed again.
I wonder how big Yo-kai is outside of Japan though? I hear it's pretty big IN Japan, but at least over here in the NL I don't see or hear much of it, outside of just a handful of toys, the games, and the television show. It certainly doesn't seem to have had much of an impact here from what I can tell.
Only two weeks.
Probably is more related to unexpected competition (Mario Maker 2) or issues with production than the game itself.
Great! I won't be playing this for years anyway, and I guess the extra time will make the game better.
Yes yes yesssssssssssssssssssss i love delays, they are so English.
@Krisi Are you going inside?
i need this game.
@graysoncharles It is, outside of Japan there is 0 buzz. Also the cultural relevance of yokai, of course, is completely lost on anyone outside of Japan.
I feel Like There forcing us to wait and put it more longer date.
@Yosher It's still super dominant in Japan. This was one of the top most anticipated upcoming games.
@graysoncharles It really isn't. The recent Medal Wars mobile game beta proved it was still a very popular and dominant franchise. Besides, it was NEVER meant to dethrone Pokemon in the first place. Only Viz said that and all they do is publish the manga. They don't actually make the games. That's like saying Pokemon was made to dethrone the monster collectors of Dragon Quest and Shin Megami Tensei, which it did a very poor job of considering those franchises still continue to have far more history and impact than Pokemon did in the homeland. Even if it wasn't meant to dethrone Pokemon, it's still doing a good job of that considering the Japanese absolutely hated USUM and LGEP for all the same reasons many westerners hated those games and the fact almost everything introduced in USUM is easily arguable as a feature they took from the YKW games and made worse and I can verify that after having paid full price for Moon and Ultra Moon and playing them for myself.
@FrowningCoach That's generally all that really matters at the end of the day for Japanese media anyway: homeland success. The only reason we even have a good number of Japanese media over in the west in the first place is BECAUSE they were popular and successful in Japan first ans foremost. The importance of homeland success is usually how it is for any game, really. Look at Spyro and Mother.
This better than releasing a mess like Fallout76. Good for them to have the guts to hold off releasing this game until it's done. Holding off till it's done Right is a rarity now in the days of DLC patches.
@Emob All the Yokai Watch games took awhile.
Before the first Yokai Watch was even announced for localization, Japan already had all three versions of its sequel released.
The delay between localization of the first two and the third versions of YW2 was actually longer than what Level-5 spent making that third version.
It's only a two week delay, so I don't find this worrisome at all.
When this comes Westward, I'll probably preorder this time around. I don't do that often, but I feel like I got royally shafted with the VERY limited physical print run of YW3 on 3DS.
@KingMike I guess I only noticed it with 3 because I didn't buy any of the games until the second one came out. Then finding out sometime later that they already had the 3rd one in Japan.
Could someone PLEASE translate this for me? My Japanese ain't that good!
@forgottenarctic Translate the game? Maybe in a couple years Nintendo will do that, if judging by the current rate.
@KingMike Thats very unlikely because Nintendo has absolutely NO hand in localization of this game or ANY game made by Level-5. Level-5 does all its OWN localization and Nintendo has absolutely no control or say over this franchise at all because Level-5 does its own publishing as well. This is just one of their series that just happens to be on a Nintendo console (Fun fact: YKW was originally planned to be a PS3 game).
@KingMike If I wasn't so lazy and I just went ahead and finished learning Japanese, I wouldn't have to worry about this!
@forgottenarctic I tried playing the first Yokai Watch in Japanese (before the localization announcement but after watching Clyde Mandelin play through it).
I was playing while transcribing the text and using machine translation to try to figure out the text.
I realized I should wait until I get better at Japanese.
At a rate of something like five hours to reach the first battle, and maybe fifty to do talking to all NPCs and doing all the sidequests up to the first major boss. (I just feel like sharing how hilariously glacial that rate of progress is. What is it, maybe like 20 minutes to reach that first battle normally? )
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