Today the news are coming fast and thick, and after Sega revealed JUDGE EYES: Shinigami no Yuigon by the studio behind the Yakuza franchise at Sony Interactive Entertainment’s pre-Tokyo Game Show PlayStation Lineup Tour event, we also got the first details. Yet, there is more, as the western arm of Sega just reached out with a press release announcing that the game is coming west.
We learn that the game is coming to North America and Europe for PS4 in 2019. No precise release window has been announced. The western working title is Project JUDGE.
We also get an official blurb of the story:
“Project JUDGE takes place in modern day Tokyo, following a serial murder case. The main protagonist, private detective Takayuki Yagami (played by Takuya Kimura), is a man of conviction who fights for his beliefs, despite the overwhelming despair surrounding him. Kimura has met extensively with the game’s development team to craft this protagonist, dedicating more than 1,000 minutes of voice recording time for his lines. By putting forth so much effort in developing this role, Project JUDGE aims to redefine what it means to truly bring a character to life.”
“Enhancing the game’s position as a courtroom thriller and embodying the feeling of playing a detective, players will need to utilize key investigative skills in conjunction with unique gameplay features to unveil the truths hidden at the core of Project JUDGE’s plot.
What lies beyond the suffering and failures of the man trapped within his past; is it a divine revelation, or something more sinister? Stay tuned for more information on Project JUDGE, the courtroom thriller action game brought to you by the prolific tag team of Takuya Kimura and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios.”
We also learn that the theme song Arpeggio and feature song Your Song will be performed by rock band ALEXANDROS.
The Yakuza team spent over three years developing this game according to its core belief to “Create enjoyable games that address mature themes.”
Below you can also read a description of every character.
(cast: Takuya Kimura)
The main protagonist of Project JUDGE.
A fiercely idealistic ex-defense lawyer turned private detective. After facing a devastating betrayal by one of his former clients, he became known as a fraud who lets murderers run free, effectively destroying his reputation.
Now he’s caught up in an enigmatic serial murder case and will need to push his investigative skills to their limit to solve it.
(cast: Akira Nakao)
A gritty lawyer who has taken on the role of overseeing Yagami’s growth since the start of his career as a lawyer.
Even after Yagami’s incident that forced him out of the legal world, Genda still looks after him and helps him find work from time to time.
(cast: Kenichi Takito)
A detective with Tokyo PD’s Organized Crime Division.
Ayabe is a crooked cop who withholds information on investigations for his own benefit, but often helps Yagami with his cases – for a price.
(cast: Shosuke Tanihara)
A detective with the Tokyo PD’s Organized Crime Division, famous for his leadership skills and high successful arrest rate in Kamurocho.
A talented officer who plays by the rules, Kuroiwa sees unknown elements like Yagami as a dangerous nuisance.
(cast: Pierre Taki)
Captain of the Matsugane family, a subsidiary of the Tojo Clan based in Kamurocho.
Hamura is self-centered, but he’s also a mastermind skilled in taking others down for his own benefit. He’s heavily involved with Yagami throughout the serial murder case.
Below you can check out the story trailer and gameplay trailer with the addition of English translations, providing a better idea of what we can expect from this most interesting game. Honestly, I can’t wait to get my hands on it.