SEGAs The Yakuza franchise has had quite rocky history in the West. The main line games did not work well on PS2 and then PS3, and it seemed like things started positive thanks to Yakuza 0 on PS4 that launched early last year on PS4. Since then, SEGA has been locating massive games that they would not normally affect the West as Shining Resonance Refrain and have been consistently locating Yakuza games that bring the western market more or less up to speed with Japan. When they announced some console games in Japan last year, they announced an announcement for Yakuza Online in Japan. Shaun himself mentioned how it had a fairly large presence on TGS without being playable or even shown in video form.
Yakuza Online is free to play games with what looks like your usual gacha items. The pre-registration and the official website have some details including a better look at the protagonist who is now the new face of future games in the franchise after the legendary Kazuma Kiryu story ended with Yakuza 6 . It seems that there will be some stories with some fanfavorites from the franchise in a new light here with the new protagonist and face of the future of the series.
So far, there is no word in an English version, but given that SEGA localized and released Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation worldwide and given how popular Yakuza IP is , there's definitely a chance to hit the App Store and Google Play in North America and Europe. If you do not want to wait for a potential worldwide release, you must pre-register the Japanese release here. Yakuza Online releases this year in Japan on iOS, Android and Windows. I will definitely post on location news for this in the future. Looking forward to checking this out on iOS, or are you happy with the home console listings in the franchise?