Sega has announced Lost Judgment, a sequel to the hit Yakuza series spin-off Judgment, will be releasing later this year on 24th September for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Best of all for fans outside of Japan, this will be a global launch!
Once again you’ll play as the brawling detective Takayuki Yagami, trying to navigate the noir thriller and crack cases while (quite regularly) also busting a few heads together. There will be a slew of new cases to crack, and you’ll also be stepping away from the Yakuza series’ traditional stomping grounds for a new location: Yokohama.
Yokohama was the new destination for the next evolution of the main Yakuza series, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which saw Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio introduce a brand new protagonist for the series and also step away from action gameplay for turn-based RPG combat. Going forward, the Yakuza series will be sticking with that form, while Judgment will be the team’s outlet for more of a focus on action gameplay.
The catalyst to this new adventure is the announcement of a rather suspicious murder made by a man convicted in the Japanese courts. While no saint, and arguably someone who should be locked up, Hiro Mikoshiba-san’s murder brings Yagami a fresh puzzle to solve, lest the rule of law be chipped away.
Rumours have been swirling that a Judgment sequel would be announced, especially after the first game was given a little remaster treatment for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
Brought to the West in 2019, Judgment was very well received. In our Judgment review, Aran wrote:
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.