There are few nights where we don’t weep at the lack of Yakuza 5 in our lives. The hotly anticipated PlayStation 3 adventure launched in Japan last year, but still hasn’t received a western release. Despite this, the series is still massively popular in its native market – and in a recent interview with an Eastern publication, series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi hinted that the brand could be coming to the PlayStation Vita.

While the details are sketchy, a Kotaku translation of the back-and-forth notes that the producer replied “affirmatively” to the notion of the franchise popping up on Sony’s portable. Nagoshi also reiterated that the series belongs on PlayStation – despite the recent announcement of Yakuza 1 & 2 HD for the Nintendo Wii U. "It isn't jumping ship to Nintendo hardware," he said. "Yakuza 1 & 2 are coming out on the Wii U, and this is what it is."

Of course, with publisher SEGA seemingly done with the franchise overseas, it’s hard to get excited over the prospect of any Yakuza game at the moment. We so desperately want to play an English translation of the latest instalment in the series, but it’s looking increasingly unlikely by the day. Excuse us while we get back to crying ourselves to sleep.

[via youtube.com, kotaku.com]