​SEGA's 'Judge Eyes' Renamed 'Judgment' For The West, Releases Summer 2019

The devs behind SEGA's classic Yakuza series have released new details regarding Judge Eyes, an upcoming title centred within a familiar criminal underworld.

As announced by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios in a trailer yesterday, Judge Eyes, formerly known as Project Judge, will release in summer 2019 as Judgment in the Western market.

The RPG will undergo a complete makeover for English-speaking territories, too. Unlike the Yakuza franchise, which (first game aside) lacked voice-over localisation, Judgment will feature a full English-speaking script and cast.

The new trailer (you can watch it above) is similar to the one SEGA showcased at Tokyo Game Show 2018, but with the English voice acting that some of us so desperately needed.

While us Brits have to wait for the game, players in Japan can experience Judgment, or Judge Eyes, from next week. Unfair, you may cry. But a full dub takes time, and it's not like the Yakuza games came out in all territories, simultaneously.

If you really can't wait until then, there's a demo for Judge Eyes up for grabs on the Japanese PlayStation Store. It won't feature English voice-overs, obviously - but if your Japanese is any good, it may pass the time until the full game launches, and allow you to experience another side of the Kamurocho seen in the Yakuza series.

'Judge Eyes' will be named 'Judgement' in the west. Credit: SEGA
'Judge Eyes' will be named 'Judgement' in the west. Credit: SEGA

Here's what an official description says about the game, from back when it was named Project Judge:

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.

Enhancing the game's position as a courtroom thriller and embodying the feeling of playing a detective, players will need to utilise 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?

Takayuki Yagami is the protagonist in 'Judgement'. Credit: SEGA
Takayuki Yagami is the protagonist in 'Judgement'. Credit: SEGA

What do you think about this news? Are you looking forward to Judgment? Are you glad it's being dubbed? Did you play any of the Yakuza games? Let us know.

Featured Image Credit: SEGA

Matthew McGladdery

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