SEGA has released a whole host of new details about their upcoming Yakuza spinoff IP Judgment (formerly Project JUDGE) at the ‘Kinda Funny Games Showcase’ late last week. As well as the obvious change in title, the biggest reveal among these details was the fact that the game would be receiving an English dub. This makes Judgment the first Yakuza title to receive a dub since the first game in the franchise, which was more than twelve years ago (The dub was very hammy and fantastic but people didn’t appreciate how fun it was so, disappointingly, we never got another one. Until now).
Developed by ‘Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios’, the developers of the Yakuza titles, Judgment stars Takayuki Yagami (voiced by Greg Chun), a fiercely idealistic former defense lawyer who has become a private detective after he was betrayed by a client, shattering his reputation. Yagami is pulled into a bizarre case in which he must chase after a serial killer known as the Mole, someone for the deaths of three Kansai Yakuza members whose calling card is the removal of the victim’s eyes. It’s up to the player to investigate the seedy red light district of Kamurocho and uncover all of its corrupt secrets, whilst taking out groups of thugs what appears to be a stylish and amusing battle system similar to that of previous Yakuza games.
The game will feature dual audio, allowing the player to switch between English and Japanese speech at any point in the game, which will have subtitles matching the script of whichever spoken language is currently chosen. The English dub cast is set to feature the amazing all-star talents of Crispin Freeman, Matthew Mercer, Cherami Leigh, Yuri Lowenthal, James Hong, Ed O’Ross, Amy Walker, Matt Yang King, Fred Tatasciore, Brian McNamara, SungWon Cho, Cristina Vee, Max Mittelman, and many many others.
You can watch the English announcement trailer below.
Judgment is set to release in the West on the PS4 during the Summer of 2019.
Author’s Take: This game looks absolutely fantastic and will be a must grab title for me. Aside from the fact that it stars a detective (and I love detectives), I’ll also have a friend who will be on my back if I don’t get it. So really I have no choice in the matter. I’m very excited nonetheless.
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