Judgment is an action-adventure video game developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and published by Sega. A spin-off to the Yakuza series, it was released for the PlayStation 4 in December 2018 in Japan and June 2019, worldwide. A remastered version of the game, with the subtitle Remastered[b] in Japan and Asia, was released for the PlayStation 5, Stadia, and Xbox Series X and Series S in April 2021. Judgment follows lawyer-turned-detective Takayuki Yagami and his allies as they explore a case involving corpses whose eyes have been removed. The player controls Yagami in the fictional Tokyo district of Kamurocho, where he fights thugs and yakuza while carrying out missions involving chasing, stealth, and searching for clues.
the game began its initial development in 2015 under the codename Project Judge. The game originated from Sega’s desire to create a new IP with Toshihiro Nagoshi serving as the writer. Nagoshi wanted to write a new type of story with a detective working on a case that contrasted with Nagoshi’s previous work in Yakuza. As a result, the developers designed the game to be accessible to detective-game newcomers. Singer and actor Takuya Kimura, who provided both facial features and Japanese voice acting, was cast to play Yagami. Due to popular demand, the game includes an English voice-over dub as well as subtitles in several additional languages. The Japanese rock band Alexandros produced two songs for the game.
Judgment was withdrawn from the Japanese market in March 2019 following the arrest of Pierre Taki, one of the game’s actors, for suspected cocaine use. While localizing the game for international markets, Taki’s likeness was removed and his voice acting performance was replaced. Judgment received a generally positive response from critics. Many praised the game’s plot and side content but criticized the simplicity of its investigation mechanics. Judgment was a commercial success and earned recognition as one of the best video games released in 2019. The remaster was praised for improving the game’s frame rate and visuals. A sequel, Lost Judgment, is set for release in September 2021.