Yakuza series spinoff Judgment is heading to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Judgment, the brawling detective sim from Yakuza series developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, will be punching its way onto new console later this year Sega have confirmed.

One of 2019’s sleeper hits, Judgment originally launched on PlayStation 4 but will now be coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S and Google Stadia on April 23rd.


As you might have guessed, Judgment will be receiving an upgrade on Sony and Microsoft’s newer hardware. It has been revealed that the game will feature “refined visuals” while also running at 60 fps.

Although it doesn’t bear the Yakuza name, Judgment is set within the same universe. Instead of playing as a virtuous street thug you take on the role of dishevelled detective Takayuki Yagami as he hunts for a killer through the familiar streets of Kamurocho.

Judgment borrows the same over-the-top combat from Yakuza, spliced with some movesets specific to Yagami’s own fighting style. There’s also that same emphasis on character dialogue and atmosphere, Judgment nudging players to explore and soak in Kamurocho, partaking in the many available side hustles. As a detective game, you’ll also be scouring crime scenes, collecting clues, and making deductions.

It’s also worth noting that this enhanced version of Judgment will come tagged with all previously release bonus DLC.

Aran was left thoroughly impressed with Judgment when he reviewed the game at launch:

Judgment is another great Japanese crime drama that will grab your attention as the stakes get bigger and bigger, but it’s not quite on par with the Yakuza series. Some of the private detective busywork could make way for more of RGG Studio’s trademark goofiness to cut through the seriousness of the main story, but anyone who has any interest in Far East crime dramas or the Yakuza series should pick Judgment up. Judgment has been judged and has been found worth playing.

Source: Press Release

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