Lost Judgment, the sequel to hit Yakuza spin-off Judgment, will let you walk a feisty Shiba Inu dog, go skateboarding, race motorbikes and more. All of this was revealed in a new gameplay trailer for the game. Lost Judgment will be out for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4 and Xbox One on 24th September with a simultaneous worldwide release.
As in the first game, you play as private detective Takayuki Yagami, but this time around, you’ll be heading off to Yokohama on the trail of a new case (and general miscreants’ heads) to crack.
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.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a game from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio without a plethora of side content, and it looks like Lost Judgment is going to have plenty of that alongside the main detecting gameplay. The trailer showed of robot fighting, boxing, dance classes, motorbike racing, skateboarding and walking a Shiba Inu dog. That dog might have a role to play in a case or side mission, as it’s a feisty one that helps take someone down!
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.”