Lost Judgment Officially Announced, Worldwide Release This September
Sega and Ryu ga Gotoku Studio has officially announced Lost Judgment during today’s “Judgment Day” livestream event. Lost Judgment is a direct sequel to RGG Studio’s 2018 action-mystery game starring lawyer-turned-private eye Takayuki Yagami.
During a livestream featuring Judgment and Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa, the developers of the Yakuza franchise revealed their next game, Lost Judgment. Once again, lawyer and detective Takayuki Yagami, along with ex-Yakuza partner Masaharu Kaito investigate a seemingly impossible crime where the prime suspect in a murder has an alibi.
A trailer revealing Lost Judgment begins with a man standing trial for a groping incident on a train. The court finds the man guilty and sentences him to six months in prison. Once the verdict is handed down, however, the man reveals the existence of a corpse in Tokyo. And though he is the prime suspect, the corpse’s death is the same time as when the suspect was caught on camera for the crime he was just convicted for.
Fans of the Yakuza series will be right at home with Lost Judgment’s action combat system with stylish takedowns and different fighting styles to switch between. As a detective, you’ll also investigate crime scenes using an arsenal of gadgets, stealth, and deductive reasoning.
Just like in Yakuza, Lost Judgment will feature a sandbox environment to explore the downtown of Tokyo and Yokohama. Yagami can crisscross around town and this time he’s a bit more nimble and able to jump across platforms, climb buildings and ledges, and more.
Lost Judgment will be released worldwide on September 24, 2021, for both new-gen and last-gen systems. This means it will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. Unfortunately, no PC version has been announced.
There will be a dual audio option at launch, as well. So you can switch between either the Japanese or English language tracks. There’s even Sega’s Dual Script option available so players can choose between the English script or a more localized subtitle translation that matches the Japanese dub.
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IGN was able to speak with producers Nagoshi and Hosokawa as part of the event as well and learned that Yakuza is now a turn-based RPG series following the success of Yakuza: Like a Dragon. But the classic action game style Ryu ga Gotoku has mastered will live on through Judgement.
Check out our full interview with Ryu ga Gotoku when it is published later today.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.