“That’s right,” the two producers confirmed when asked if Judgment represents a continuation of the classic Yakuza style of gameplay while Yakuza transitions into a turn-based RPG.“The Yakuza series has been transformed into a turn-based RPG. On the other hand, over the years, Ryu ga Gotoku Studio has accumulated resources and know-how of making flashy and exhilarating action games that are effortless to enjoy. We decided that we should let our signature action gameplay live on through Lost Judgment.”
The Yakuza series for most of its mainline incarnations is a 3D action brawler starring Kazuma Kiryu. When Kiryu’s story ended in Yakuza 6, a new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, stepped up and led the franchise in Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
Unlike Yakuzas 0 through 6, Like a Dragon was a turn-based RPG that still kept the over-the-top style of Yakuza. This winning combination earned Yakuza: Like a Dragon a nomination in IGN’s 2020 Best RPG category.But for fans who still enjoy Ryu ga Gotoku’s action-style, 2019’s Judgment and the upcoming sequel will scratch that itch. Like the older Yakuza games, Judgment features 3D action combat where protagonist Yagami can switch between various martial arts styles to deliver a hefty beatdown.
We’ll have more from Nagoshi and Hosokawa later today when a full interview goes up, but check out the details for Lost Judgment which will be released worldwide on September 24,2021.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.