Lost Judgment, known in Japan as Lost Judgment: Sabakarezaru Kioku (ロストジャッジメント：裁かれざる記憶, Rosuto Jajjimento: Sabakarezaru Kioku, lit. "Lost Judgment: Unjudged Memory"), is an upcoming action-adventure/beat-'em-up which belongs to a genre termed "legal suspense action."
It is slated for a worldwide release on the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 5, the Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X and Series S on September 24, 2021. As the second installment of the Judgment series, it is currently being developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio as a direct sequel to Judgment.
Lost Judgment is a continuation of the events of Judgment, taking place in December 2021. The game features an open world set in the universe established by the Yakuza series. It primarily focuses on the red-light district of Kamurocho, Tokyo, a fictionalized version of Kabukicho, Tokyo, and the port district of Isezaki Ijincho, Yokohama, a fictionalized version of Isezakicho, Yokohama. A high school in Yokohama serves as one of the central locations.
Release and Marketing
On March 10, 2021, SEGA applied for a trademark for "LOST JUDGMENT," which is believed to have first been reported by Gematsu on March 22, 2021. The newly-filed trademark lead to speculation regarding the possibility of a sequel to Judgement due to the similarity between the titles. This speculation is believed to have been rooted in Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio's previous comments expressing interest in developing one after Judgment became a success overseas, as well as the studio's previous interest in developing a game that would receive a simultaneous release both domestically and internationally.
Speculation was further fueled when, on April 23, 2021, the day of Judgment Remastered's release, two of the studio's official social media accounts, @RGGStudio and its Japanese Judgment-only counterpart @judge-sega jointly announced a giveaway campaign alongside a mysterious countdown to May 7, 2021, dubbed Judgment Day. For the duration of the campaign, the accounts tweeted automated responses to all entrants which would come with short video clips attached, typically less than ten seconds long.
While the majority of these clips depicted footage from Judgment Remastered and ended on a black screen with a scene number, some clips previewed footage from what was later revealed as the trailer to Lost Judgment, ending on a white screen with the scene number censored. The accounts would alternate posting new clips up until the final days of the campaign, at which point both accounts began consistently attaching the same clip to their responses.
On Judgment Day, an application titled ロストジャッジメント：LOST JUDGMENT：裁かれざる記憶 could be seen on the PlayStation Store advertising a September 21, 2021 release date, but this was was soon taken down. Starting at 23:00 (or 11:00 PM) Japan Standard Time, an English-language livestream and a Japanese-language livestream ran concurrently, broadcasting the official announcement of the game as well as the full story trailers. The game would be released globally on both current and next-generation home consoles on the same date, September 24, 2021, a first for the studio.
Later in the day, the game was confirmed to include dual English and Japanese audio, dual English subtitles for both, and French, Italian, German, and Spanish subtitles based on the Japanese audio. In Japan, the Xbox One and Xbox Series X and Series S versions are digital-only releases, whereas the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions will receive both a physical and a digital release. The worldwide release will be available in both formats on all aforementioned platforms.
If the PlayStation 4 version is purchased, it is possible to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version at no additional charge; for physical copies, this can only be done provided the game is currently running on a PlayStation 5. If the PlayStation 5 version is purchased, it is possible to download the PlayStation 4 version at no additional charge. There are no plans to release the game on PC.
- Official website - https://yakuza.sega.com/lostjudgment/
- Official website (Japanese) - https://judgment.sega.com/
- https://www.gematsu.com/ (November 18, 2019) - Japanese trademarks – Katana Engine by Koei Tecmo, Lost Judgment by Sega, The Centennial Case by Square Enix, more [Update 2] - Archive - Retrieved May 8, 2021.