Project JUDGE is a New IP from the Yakuza Studio

By Sam Quirke, 2 months ago
The developers of the Yakuza Series, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios, have announced a new IP in partnership with SEGA. Described as a "courtroom thriller" following a serial murder case in modern-day Tokyo, there are some reports that the game provisionally titled Project Judge may be set in the same universe as Yakuza — though that has not been fully confirmed.



As is typical for the incredibly efficient Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios, the game isn't even far off despite this sudden announcement. The Japanese release (where the game is known as "Judge Eyes") will arrive on December 13th this year, with the Western release following at some point next year.





There was a full presentation on the title at the "PlayStation LineUp Tour" at this year's Tokyo Game Show, which you can see in full here with an English translation:


Need more? Gematsu have gleaned more from the Japanese press and have procured some images too, revealing some Yakuza style mini-games such as drone racing, pinball and some sort of bizarre foot race.



We also have some details on the central characters. The protagonist is Takayuki Yagami, a former defence lawyer who now acts as a private detective since a betrayal led to his reputation being destroyed. His former legal mentor Takashi Genda still keeps an eye on Takayuki Yagami and helps him find work. Kazuya Ayabe is a detective with Tokyo PD specialising in organised crime. He's crooked, often holding back information for his own benefit — but he helps Yagami for a price. Acting as a counterpoint, Mitsuru Kuroiwa is a by-the-book detective in the same division who sees private detectives as a "dangerous nuisance". Kyohei Hamura is the Captain of the Matsugane family, part of the Tojo Clan and tied up in Yagami's murder case. It's Kyohei Hamura's involvement with the Tojo Clan that leads fans to speculate that this is a spin-off within the Yakuza universe.



We'll keep an eye on this one and let you know more details as soon as they arrive.

We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the Project Judge trophies.
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been gaming long enough to know the pain of a failed DOS install on the fifth floppy disc. When not hopelessly lost in the latest open-world epic, Sam is busy devouring books of all genres or trading Pokémon with his wife.