Yakuza 0 stock running low in the UK
Despite the series historically performing badly in the west, it appears as though sales of the recently released Yakuza 0 have caused the title to become out of stock and scarce in numerous places.
As a fan of the series myself, I expected it would be easy to find a copy on launch day, however, Amazon UK have been repeatedly out of stock since launch and have only today put the title back online – but don’t expect it tomorrow.
Those who purchase Yakuza 0 today from Amazon won’t receive the title for a number of days, with my own personal copy not set to arrive until February 6th. A whole 13 days after the order date.
While the short supply should mean healthy sales figures for the series, you have to wonder if Sega vastly under anticipated the demand for the title and failed to manufacturer enough copies to meet demand.
A prequel to the main series, Yakuza 0 is the perfect starting point for those who have looked at the series from afar and wanted an excuse to get involved. It takes series protagonists Kazuma Kiryu and Majima Goro back to before they were kings of Kamurochu and important figures in Tokyo’s dark underground.
After the release of Yakuza 4, SEGA have held back on releasing subsequent titles in the west, allowing Asia to receive 5, Ishin, Kiwami and 0 all before the West.
Yakuza 5 hit PlayStation 3 last year to start off a Yakuza renaissance following pressure on Sega by the series fans, and it looks like the faith Sega put in its fans to support the franchise in the west is being repaid.
In the UK at least, the title is in short supply with Amazon and Base sold out and supplies at other chains constantly running short. UK retailer Game do have stock left, but, as we’ve come to expect from the UK’s only independent high street video game store, there comes a premium with buying from the retailer.
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