SEGA's Looking To Reimagine The Yakuza Franchise.

While the game's structure has barely changed since 2005, we're happy to continue lapping up titles in the series. Unfortunately, with the Yakuza team currently spreading its wings with Binary Domain, it looks like we'll have to wait a while for the next title in the Japanese mobster franchise. And when it comes, we should probably expect some changes.

"The basic style and mechanics is really an old game that started on PS2 and continued on PS3," series gaffer Toshihiro Nagoshi told Eurogamer. "Times keep changing, and if we started on some new games they would be in a very different shape - so the last game was the end of one particular era."

The most recent Yakuza title, Of The End, was released in Japan earlier in the year. Of The End sees the traditional district of Kamurocho overwhelmed by a zombie outbreak, leaving Kiryu and co to clean up the streets.

One thing that's unlikely to change, is the Yakuza franchise's position on PlayStation. The series has been a PlayStation exclusive since the start, and that's unlikely to change in the future.

"At the beginning of the project we spoke to all the platform holders including Sony and Microsoft," Nagoshi explained, "Every platform holder was negative about this prospect, but we kept on pushing because we believed in the potential, and as we kept going one platform holder that showed interest and saw the prospects of this title was Sony.

"That's how we started working with them, and that's probably not going to change."

Don't keep us waiting too long Nagoshi. We want more Yakuza.

[Thanks Eurogamer]