Yakuza Spin-off, Judgment Coming to Next Gen Consoles This Year

Return to the Mean Streets of Japan

The Yakuza series has gotten extremely popular over the years, with new titles, remasters, or collections releasing almost yearly. Today, SEGA has announced that the next port to look forward to in the series is for the spin-off, Judgment, as it makes its way to Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and Google Stadia on April 23.

While die-hard Yakuza fans are likely aware of Judgment, others might not know about the series’ spin-off as it doesn’t don the Yakuza name –despite being set in the same universe.

Judgment originally released in 2019 as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. The next gen version releasing later this year will feature refined visuals in 60 frames per second, improved load times and all previously released DLC.

The game will cost $39.99 USD at launch and is again being worked on by the legendary Yakuza developer, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and publisher, SEGA. At the time there is no confirmation of a PC port of the game.

Here is a description of the game:

Judgment is an action thriller that puts players in the shoes of Takayuki Yagami, disgraced attorney turned rugged private detective, as he uncovers the mystery behind a grisly series of murders. Joined by his partner, ex-yazuka Masaharu Kaito, Yagami must claw his way through Kamurocho’s criminal underground to unravel the truth – as painful as it may be.

In addition to locale, Judgment takes on the classic hallmarks of the Yakuza series through the eyes of Yagami. Fans will recognize rough-and-tumble street fights, engrossing side missions with locals, and comedy breaks with mini-games. Judgment ups the ante with emphasis on investigative gameplay tracking suspects and discovering clues as Yagami walks the thin line of justice in a world of corruption. Packed with a thrilling story, filmic combat and a cast of intense characters, Judgment will keep all aspiring private detectives on their toes.”

You can find a trailer for the game on SEGA’s official YouTube channel.