Now the cat is officially out of the bag! During the Judgment Day event, Executive Director Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hozokawa announced the latest trick from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios: Lost Judgment.
Even before the official unveiling, the title appeared on the Japanese PlayStation Store yesterday, so the surprise shouldn’t be too big. But of course there was still all sorts of news.
That’s what awaits us in Lost Judgment
For example, a detailed trailer was presented that gives us a first look at Takayuki Yagami’s next, big case and his protagonists. In addition to Kamurocho, this should also lead us to Yokohama, which players from Yakuza: Like a Dragon have already explored in detail beforehand.
We’re also going to school in Lost Judgment! As part of his investigation, Yagami is said to be spending some time at a high school. In the context of so-called “school stories”, players can deal with the joys and sorrows of high schoolers, which should lead to dramatic and humorous interactions.
The “School Stories” serve as a varied contrast to the serious everyday detective work. And should represent the counterpart to the bizarre side tasks in the Yakuza series.
So that players are prepared for the numerous brawls in Lost Judgment, Yagami was equipped with new combat expertise. In addition to the well-known “tiger” and “crane” styles, we will also have the “snake” style in the future. This should be designed to counter and parry attacks.
The detective work continues in September
Lost Judgment is slated for worldwide September 24, 2021 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. And thus represents the first global simultaneous launch of a title by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. An effort to be made for future titles as well, as Nagoshi explains in a question and answer session with the international press. This is how he further describes the title:
With Lost Judgment, we tried to overcome the many walls that we created in the first game. It took countless hours to write the script. And to get it right, we put over 1,000 minutes of dialogue to music for the cutscenes. Not to mention the pressure to create something even bigger than the original. However, we heard from fans all over the world who wanted a sequel. And our desire to give the fans what they wanted grew from then on. This time the story came about after much heated debate. So I am confident that we have created a game that you have never seen before. We trumped the original in many ways and I hope you like the result.
The entire Q&A and a greeting message from Yagami actor Takuya Kimura can be seen in the recording of the stream.
Lost Judgment in the announcement trailer
The Judgment Day event
Images: Lost Judgment, SEGA / Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio