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In recent years Sega's Yakuza series has gone beyond the PlayStation - making its way across to the Xbox and PC. What are the chances of a Switch release then?

Speaking to GameSpot, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio head Masayoshi Yokoyama explained how the team is hesitant to port the series across to Nintendo's hybrid system as its family-friendly image could potentially clash with the "underground feeling" of the Yakuza series:

"Do we want to put a title like this where we're going around and picking a fight with the world and doing all this Yakuza stuff, on a Switch...We still kind of think of ourselves as people of the night world, right? We don't want to be like walking around the day with everybody else. Like for us, it's kind of showing this kind of underground feeling. I think the underground kind of feeling is what we want to do."

Although the Switch caters to a wide audience of players with its friendly image, this hasn't stopped franchises like Grand Theft Auto, DOOM, Mortal Kombat and plenty of other mature experiences from making their way across to Nintendo's hybrid system.

This isn't the first time the Yakuza team has knocked back the Switch, either. Back in 2018, the series producer mentioned how the hybrid hardware was not "the ideal platform" as players on this platform may be used to "different" game experiences. According to series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi, Nintendo previously rejected the original Yakuza as well.

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[source gamespot.com]