Project JUDGE

Yakuza Series Getting Detective-Based Spin-Off, 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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