Lost Judgment Announced, Launching Globally in September
Sega and Ryu ga Gotoku Studio today announced Lost Judgment, a new spin-off to the Yakuza series. The game is a sequel to legal thriller Judgment and once again follows former attorney-turned-private-detective Takayuki Yagami and his partner Masaharu Kaito. The game will launch globally on September 24, 2021, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
The game sees Yagami becoming involved in a mystery following revelations made at the end of a court case handled by his former colleagues. The game will take players to the series regular location of Tokyo’s Kamurocho district, as well as Yokohama’s Ijunicho district that was the primary setting for Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
The story will see Yagami’s investigations taking him to a high school, complete with detailed interior locations, where he will interact with the students and faculty. School stories fill a similar role to the main series’ regular substories, offering often more lighthearted events compared to the serious main story.
The game retains the action combat of the previous game, with Yagami keeping the two combat styles. The acrobatic Crane style works best for groups of enemies, while the powerful Tiger style is suited for one-on-one battles. Lost Judgment also adds the new Snake style, which is geared toward countering opponent attacks and allowing for more merciful takedowns of enemies. Investigation sequences return and include new actions based around athelticism, stealth, and information gathering.
Lost Judgment will feature Japanese and English audio, with two sets of English subtitles based on each audio option. The game will also include French, Italian, German, and Spanish subtitle options. Takuya Kimura will return as the likeness and Japanese voice actor for Takayuki Yagami, with Akira Nakao reprising his role as Takashi Genda. Koji Yamamoto, Hiroshi Tamaki, and Ken Mitsuishi will portray new major characters in the game.