SEGA has announced the sequel to Judgment, titled Lost Judgment, set for release on September 24th globally. This will make it the first global release for the burgeoning Yakuza/Ryu Ga Gotoku franchise. It was announced at the “Judgment Day” event held on May 7th, which had been teased for a while on Twitter.
Lost Judgment, the sequel to hit legal thriller Judgment, releases worldwide on September 24, 2021 for PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One!
— SEGA (@SEGA) May 7, 2021
Judgment, which started as a spin-off of Yakuza, looks to be spinning off into its own series. Yakuza had a massive gameplay change last year with Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which took the series from its beat-em-up style gameplay to a turn-based RPG system similar to the highly successful Persona franchise. However, Judgment will be retaining the prior real-time combat system rather than moving to the new style of gameplay. This creates a degree of separation between the two games, which is exciting.
Released in 2019, Judgment follows Takayuki Yagami, a detective, as he investigates a serial killer in the city of Kamurocho. Lost Judgment looks highly promising, with the trailer that was released showing a strong mystery and personal conflicts for the cast. Along with those comes an excellent visual upgrade, similar to what the original had gotten on PS5 and Xbox Series X earlier this year.
Ryu Ga Gotoku studio’s Judgment Day event kicked off with the announcement of Lost Judgment, but it didn’t end there. It featured a live Q+A session with the creators of the game and industry members, which was interesting to watch. The event featured Toshiro Nagoshi and Kazuki Hosokawa, the Executive Director and Producer for RGG studio, respectively. They talk about the difficulties of a global launch, the process of creating the game, and many other aspects.
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