Announced at the Kinda Funny Games Showcase, SEGA’s Judgment, from the developers of the Yakuza series, is headed to the west in 2019.
Formerly known as Project JUDGE, Judgment puts you in the shoes of Yagami, an ex-lawyer who now runs a detective bureau.
The newest trailer shows Takayuki Yagami investigating a series of three murders of Yakuza who all had their eyes removed.
While Judgment won’t feature any characters from the Yakuza series, they are both set in a shared universe and this newest title takes place in Kamurocho, the fictional Tokyo district from the Yakuza series.
Studio head and project lead Toshihiro Nagoshi told IGN Japan that having cameos “could draw people out of this new experience, so that’s why I didn’t want to include them.”
We got our hands on Judgment earlier this year and while the systems and mechanics weren’t doing anything revolutionary, its direction and presentation made us eager to continue playing.
When Judgment arrives in the west on PlayStation 4, it will do so with the original Japanese VO and and an English dub, the first in a Yakuza universe title since the original Yakuza for PlayStation 2 in 2006.
Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who loves the Yakuza games…even though he just started playing them. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.