For Sega, the Yakuza universe has turned into it’s bread and butter, with new titles in the franchise releasing on a yearly basis since the start of the last generation. This made it all the more surprising when the company didn’t announce a new title in the Yakuza world for all of 2020, instead focusing on the Western release of Yakuza: Like A Dragon. But the company is back to it’s usual routine again with the announcement of Lost Judgment, a sequel to the Judgment franchise that began back in 2018.
Lost Judgment again follows Takayuki Yagami as he works on another case. This time around, Yagami looks into the case of a man who managed to commit two crimes at the same time, and after being jailed for groping a woman, reveals his knowledge of a murder that he seems to have committed as well.
The longer Lost Judgment reveal also goes into detail on some of the other aspects of the game, including a refined combat system that adds new fighting styles to the combat, including Crane, Tiger, and Snake styles. At the same time, series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi reveals that going forward the Judgment series will be action based while the Yakuza series will continue to be turn-based, indicating that these two series will alternate for the forseeable future.
Yagami will also get to gain new detective gadgets and ways of investigating, which will help as he goes undercover at a high school in the game. It’s mentioned that Yagami will work with students to help them deal with their problems in side missions known as School Stories, which will add a different tone to the game.
Lost Judgment will launch September 24th in a franchise-first worldwide release on all PlayStation and Xbox consoles.