Lost Judgment, the sequel to Yakuza spin-off Judgment, has been confirmed, releasing worldwide this September on Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
The sequel to Yakuza series spin-off Judgment, Lost Judgment, has officially been revealed following a recent PlayStation Store leak. The highly-anticipated yet somewhat surprising and sudden sequel was announced with an extensive trailer that offers a glimpse at the rather dark story of Lost Judgment. Not only that, but it’s only a few months away from releasing as well.
On Thursday, Lost Judgment leaked on PSN as a result of being listed a bit too early for PlayStation users, causing quick rumors that a reveal was imminent. Although there were a handful of details available, it was still a bit unclear what shape the game would take. Judgment released about two years ago and was a lawful spin-off of the beloved Yakuza series, mixing the ideas and themes of a pretty compelling detective game and the over-the-top action of the Yakuza franchise. The sequel will carry on with this, but both franchises are deviating from each other in a rather unique way.
There had been hints of a Judgment sequel for a few months, but seeing it arrive so soon is a bit surprising. Sega confirmed via a trailer Lost Judgment releases worldwide on September 24 for Xbox and PlayStation consoles, but no confirmation yet of a PC port or when one may arrive. The game will once again follow Takayuki Yagamai in yet another grueling case after a man who is convicted in an open-and-shut case reveals that there’s been a murder in Tokyo and despite being the number one suspect, the tapes that convicted him for the sexual assault incident give him a solid alibi.
It was also confirmed in an IGN interview by Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa that Lost Judgment will remain an action franchise, but Yakuza will remain turn-based a la Yakuza: Like a Dragon to allow variety between the games. Sega will appear at E3 2021, so its possible the publisher will show more of the game there.
Nonetheless, it’s pretty surprising that Lost Judgment is releasing so soon, but will also launch in the west at the exact same time as it would in Asian territories. Typically, there’s a big gap between releases to allow for localization, but it seems Sega is investing a lot to make sure it can be simultaneous, likely as a result of both Yakuza and Judgment growing in popularity over the last few years. It’s entirely possible this is partially a result of the franchises making their way to Xbox and finding new audiences, particularly through Xbox Game Pass. Judgment only recently came to Xbox, but Lost Judgment will release simultaneously on all consoles this time around.
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Lost Judgment will be available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One on September 24, 2021.
Source: Sega, IGN
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