The Yakuza series has enjoyed increased exposure in the west recently, with games like Yakuza 0 and 6 releasing to both high praise and solid sales. This of course brings up the question of whether or not the series could come to other platforms, with Switch in particular being one that people regularly bring up.
However, it looks like there isn’t much of a chance of that ever happening, as the series’ Daisuke Sato and Takaya Kuroda said as much in a new interview with gameblog.fr (via Nintendo Everything). Sato said the following regarding the series’ chances of coming to Switch:
“To be realistic towards what happened, Yakuza 1 & 2 for Wii U was a significant failure. But our goal is still to develop cross-platform as much as possible, and we know that it brings an extra audience, that it allows us to attract more people. That being said, when it comes to Switch, I am convinced that it would not be the ideal platform on which to develop Yakuza games. Maybe the public is not expecting that kind of game on Switch. They may be used to different games. It may not be the ideal platform. Regarding Xbox One, we could consider it, knowing that Xbox One users might be more likely to be interested in a game like Yakuza. That could be an option.”
So Switch fans shouldn’t hold their breath on a Switch port for the series, which is to be expected. PS4 currently has a much bigger install base than Switch, and is still a particularly niche audience. While I wouldn’t rule out there still being plenty of Switch owners that would love to play the games, whether or not it would be financially viable for Sega is another question entirely.