Interviewed by French website Gameblog, Yakuza Producer Daisuke Saito stated that the franchise wouldn’t be a good fit for Nintendo Switch; on the other hand, releasing it on Microsoft’s Xbox One console may be an option.
To be realistic about what happened, Ryu Ga Gotoku 1 & 2 HD for Wii U was a major failure. But we always have the optics to develop the multiplatforms as much as possible and we know that it brings an additional audience and that it allows to reach more people. On the other hand, as far as the Switch is concerned, I’m convinced that this is not the platform on which to develop Yakuza games would be ideal. Maybe the public does not expect this kind of game on Switch. Maybe they are used to different games. This may not be the ideal platform. Regarding the Xbox One, we can possibly consider it, knowing Xbox One users may be more likely to be interested in a game like Yakuza. This could potentially be an option.
SEGA will soon bring the franchise to PC starting with Yakuza 0 (due on August 1st) and then Kiwami (release date to be announced).
Meanwhile, Kiwami 2 will launch August 28th for PlayStation 4.