Judgment is coming to the west. Sega announced that the game from the studio behind Yakuza is coming to PS4 on June 25. Those who pre-order digitally will get a head-start on the detective adventure game on June 21.
Originally titled Judge Eyes in Japan, Judgment is a narrative-driven game in which players assume the role of investigator Takayuki Yagami looking into grisly crimes. It’s been described as Yakuza meets Phoenix Wright, for the way it blends a heavy story focus with investigative gameplay sequences. It also shares a setting with the Yakuza series: Kamurocho, the fictionalized city modeled after Kabukicho in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Though it shares some common traits with Yakuza, though, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio head Toshihiro Nagoshi says this game is “completely different” from its other works. Yakuza has become a critically acclaimed series of its own, most recently concluding the gangster melodrama series with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.
For more on Judgment, check out our extensive hands-on preview.
“If I’ve learned anything from seven Yakuza entries, it’s that Ryu ga Gotoku Studios makes good on the details it throws into its games,” Michael Higman wrote. “Judgment provides a fresh perspective of a familiar setting. It may not be a Yakuza game by name, but the spirit seems to still be there. You can investigate Kamurocho’s latest crimes as Takayuki Yagami in Summer 2019 when Judgment launches exclusively for PlayStation 4.”