Sega and Ryu ga Gotoku Studio’s Judgment sequel has leaked ahead of its reveal; now called Lost Judgment.
VGC reports that a Japanese Twitter user discovered the game listed on the PlayStation 5 store, sharing screenshots. However, the user then deleted the tweet once it and the screenshots went viral. The countdown clock on the game’s official website sets the reveal as today 7:00 a.m. PT.
The PlayStation 5 store page reportedly states the game is set to launch September 24th in Japan, though whether this will be the officially announced release date remains to be seen. The game will also have a Digital Deluxe Edition; complete with launching three days early, and a Season Pass. You can find the leaked store page shot (via VGC) below.
As previously reported, a source reaching out to Yakuza fansite The Tojo Clan claimed a sequel to Judgment is in development. Judgment is a crime drama staring disgraced attorney turned private detective Takayuki Yagami. Players investigate murder cases, track down clues, interrogate suspects, and fight off those who would defy justice with combat. The game is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Google Stadia.
Sega of Japan had previously trademarked Lost Judgment, but The Tojo Clan had initially dismissed this as a sequel to Judgment; as in Japan the game was called Judge Eyes. The source claimed this was the working title for the sequel, along with “Judgment: Seize The Truth.” They also noted Lost Judgment seemed to be one of the final names.
The game will still feature Takayuki Yagami, along with partner and former yakuza member Masaharu Kaito, and at least one other character. This is in spite of how the Yakuza games and Judgment utilize real Japanese actors and celebrities, and tend to make it more difficult for them to appear in future titles.
The story will also “feel much darker.” While not delving into the wild and surreal humor of the Yakuza series, Judgment did dabble in more humorous scenes, but was more serious overall. What the source described (in The Tojo Clan’s words) “makes it sound like Yagami didn’t battle all of his demons in the first Judgment.” The game’s title and image on the store page would be indicative of this.
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