Sega's Fist of the North Star heads West
Sega's latest iteration of the Fist of the North Star series is officially coming West. Originally titled Hokuto Ga Kotoku, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise will hit stores in North America and Europe on October 2 on the PlayStation 4.
You can partly blame the "Yakuza 0 effect" for The Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise. In the 18 months since Yakuza 0's release, this 1980's styled prequel served as a long overdue coming out party of Sega's Japanese gangster series for gaming's wider audience. As the first PS4 Yakuza game to come West, Yakuza 0 and its fans capitalized on the console's video sharing features, making it--and subsequent installments--extremely social media-friendly. Since then, we've seen Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza 6, and the announcement of Yakuza Kiwami 2. We would've been more surprised if Hokuto Ga Kotoku was not localized, given that it's a Yakuza spin-off, and a creative concept at that.
Although it does not run on the much touted Dragon Engine that created the world of Yakuza 6, Lost Paradise still looks like a well-complemented spin-off. It takes advantage of Yakuza's refined fighting mechanics and the series' shared penchant for tough-talking and machismo. And since both feature melee combat-skilled protagonists with hearts of gold, it made sense that both would be voiced by the same actor, Takaya Kuroda. Lost Paradise will also have an English voice track.
Hokuto No Ken was one of the first manga/anime properties to get Western localisation, first retitled as Black Belt on the Sega Master System. The last two adaptations were seen and played through the lens of KoeiTecmo's Musou hack-and-slash series, subtitled as Ken's Rage. Compared to Ken's Rage, we're anticipating a quality-over-quantity approach to the body count of The Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise.
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