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Yakuza Series Getting Detective-Based Spin-Off, Project JUDGE



Project JUDGE

Sega has announced another PlayStation 4 exclusive in the form of Project JUDGE, a spin-off of the much-loved Yakuza franchise.

As with its parent series, the game will be set in the fictional Tokyo district of Kamurocho. Furthermore, Project JUDGE will feature a complex, high-impact combat system, taking into consideration the environment, as well as myriad minigames.

Despite these apparent gameplay similarities, the title promises a vastly different experience. Players will assume the role of Takayuki Yagami, a lawyer-turned-detective who finds himself embroiled in the investigation of a serial murderer. With the change in premise comes also a change in gameplay, as investigation elements will feature heavily. Users will seek out clues, follow targets stealthily, and scope out environments with the use of drones.

The trailers embedded below provide a first glimpse at the story and gameplay of Project JUDGE, respectively.

This new protagonist will be voiced by Takuya Kimura, a Japanese icon with more than 30 years experience as an actor and musician.

Project JUDGE is in development at Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, being the team’s first new IP since the 2012 shooter Binary Domain. The game is set to release in Asian regions on December 13, with Western releases to follow at some point next year. Before then, the studio will release Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise—an adaptation of the manga series—on October 2.

A demo is currently available on the Japanese PSN, with no information on the expected arrival of an EU or NA demo.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Technology Will Deliver a ‘Brand New Way to Explore the Entire Saga’



LEGO Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will benefit from modern technological capabilities leading to a whole new project rather than just remastering older episodes.

In an interview with, James McCloughlin game director at TT Games discussed the studio’s technological progress regarding game design compared to 15 years ago. McCloughlin confirmed that instead of remastering episodes one to six, the studio is developing a whole new experience to align with current player standards.

“We wanted to create a new Star Wars game which was designed without the technical restrictions of the older games—mainly episodes one to six—and since then we have learned so much as a studio.” He continued, “The older Star Wars games were great for that generation of gamers, but now players expect and need a lot more freedom in their play. With this game we hope to give players a brand new way to explore and enjoy the entire saga.”

One of the main features expected to dramatically change will be the size and scope of episodes one to six. McLoughlin highlights that player freedom is one of the biggest expectations of gamers and cited his experience working on Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War, and the Batman Arkham series.

“Freedom is a massive part of modern games—since the days of the cantina [in the early Lego Star Wars games], we have designed and developed over-world spaces from Middle Earth to Gotham City all with different challenges and hurdles to overcome. This game should be an amalgamation of all of what we have learned so far as a studio.”

Furthermore McLoughlin explained that TT Games monitors consumer reception to its games, so after The Skywalker Saga is released the studio will consistently evaluate players’ reactions (both good and bad): “We now have a greater toolset to evaluate play through analytics and user testing that just wasn’t as readily available 15 years ago,” he explained. “We can now very easily target sectors of play and enhance the areas we know get the most traffic, to help make the entire experience great from start to finish.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to release in 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. OnlySP’s Mike Cripe got to see the game in action at E3, finding that it may yet be as good as the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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