Project Judge, the next game from Yakuza developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, has been given a new name for its Western release. Outside of Japan, the game will be called “Judgement” and it will be available in Summer of 2019. The new information was revealed during the Kinda Funny Games Showcase, where a trailer was also shown.
Unlike previous trailers, this one featured English voices–which is a big change for the developer, given that the Yakuza series was subtitled, instead of dubbed. The trailer ended with confirmation that Greg Chun will voice main character Takayuki Yagami. Chun is a prolific voice actor for video games, having lent his talents to Overwatch, Neir: Automata, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, among other titles.
Judgement made its debut during the PlayStation Lineup Tour event held earlier this year. It’s a narrative driven experience in which players assume the role of an investigator getting to the bottom of murders and other crimes. Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s chief creative officer Toshihiro Nagoshi previously described Judgement as “something completely different” from what it has done so far. He also said that it has been in development for around three years.
Alongside the numerous Yakuza titles released over the last couple of years, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio also launched Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, a game based on the beloved manga and anime property Hokuto No Ken. In his review, Matt Espineli awarded Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise an 8/10, saying it has a “melodramatic narrative that skillfully blends new and old storylines” and a “fantastic combat system captures the feeling of Kenshiro’s fighting style.”
“Lost Paradise may replicate the Yakuza series’ format, but it’s filled with a passion for FotNS that makes it fantastic all on its own,” he added. “While previous games based on the property have adapted its story and characters with some success, few have managed to not only nail the style and tone but redefine what’s possible with its world and characters. RGG Studios has done a splendid job at evoking the justice-fueled power fantasy Kenshiro represents, succeeding in revealing more about the historic and beloved character in amusing and unexpected ways.”