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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 action-adventure/beat-'em-up which belongs to a genre termed "legal suspense action."

It was released worldwide on the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 5, the Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X and Series S on September 24, 2021, with owners of the Digital Deluxe or Digital Ultimate editions being granted access on September 21, 2021. As the second installment of the Judgment series, it has been developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio as a direct sequel to Judgment.

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Setting[]

Lost Judgment is a continuation of the events of Judgment, its events beginning 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. Seiryo High School, a private high school in Ijincho modeled after a real-life high school, serves as one of the central locations.

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Chapter 01: Black Sheep[]

Main article: Lost Judgment/Chapter 01: Black Sheep

"The rotting corpse found in an abandoned building in Ijincho was that of 22-year-old Hiro Mikoshiba, a student teacher at the high school Yagami is investigating..."

— Loading Screen, Lost Judgment

Chapter 02: Vicious Cycle[]

Main article: Lost Judgment/Chapter 02: Vicious Cycle

"A more accurate portrait of Hiro Mikoshiba, former student teacher, gradually emerges during Yagami's investigation..."

— Loading Screen, Lost Judgment

Chapter 03: Two Sides of the Same Coin[]

Main article: Lost Judgment/Chapter 03: Two Sides of the Same Coin

"Hiro Mikoshiba, former bully, was found murdered in what was clearly a pre-planned and brutal manner. While Yagami searches for a lead in this troubling case, a violent group steps out from the shadows to block his path..."

— Loading Screen Lost Judgment

Chapter 04: Red Knife[]

Main article: Lost Judgment/Chapter 04: Red Knife

"Yagami continues his investigation into a policeman groping a woman in public and a former bully being murdered—both of which occurred on the same day..."

— Loading Screen, Lost Judgment

Chapter 05: Double Jeopardy[]

Main article: Lost Judgment/Chapter 05: Double Jeopardy

"The assailant and the victim in the train groping were presumed to have no connection to one another, but once Yagami and the crew work through the evidence at hand, they reach a potential alternative. Through careful planning, Ehara may have intentionally tarnished his own name to create an alibi for murder..."

— Loading Screen, Lost Judgment

Chapter 06: Converging Heat[]

Main article: Lost Judgment/Chapter 06: Converging Heat

"Four years prior to Toshiro Ehara's murder, a similar tragedy occurred at Kurokawa Academy in Tokyo, also stemming from bullying. When Yagami visits Sawa-sensei's home during his investigation, he encounters Kuwana, Ijincho's handyman..."

— Loading Screen, Lost Judgment

Chapter 07: Blindsided[]

Main article: Lost Judgment/Chapter 07: Blindsided

"Sawa-sensei's death was a sudden blow to Yagami. Soma, the head of a gang of thugs going by RK, points the finger of blame at Kuwana..."

— Loading Screen, Lost Judgment

Chapter 08: Phantom of Ijincho[]

Main article: Lost Judgment/Chapter 08: Phantom of Ijincho

"RK is hunting for Kuwana, and will not hesitate to kill anyone who gets in their way. Yagami looks further into Kuwana's true identity to try and find the link between the two individuals..."

— Loading Screen, Lost Judgment

Chapter 09: The Weight of Guilt[]

Main article: Lost Judgment/Chapter 09: The Weight of Guilt

"Kuwana has blackmailed his former students into working with him to kill bullies across the nation—but now, Sawa-sensei's death seems to imply that even Kuwana no longer has control of the situation..."

— Loading Screen, Lost Judgment

Chapter 10: Catch a Tiger[]

Main article: Lost Judgment/Chapter 10: Catch a Tiger

"Not only is RK after Kuwana, but Public Security, Japan's largest intelligence agency, is looking for him as well. However, their ultimate target seems to be Reiko Kusumoto, Vice Minister of the Health Ministry..."

— Loading Screen, Lost Judgment

Chapter 11: Undercover[]

Main article: Lost Judgment/Chapter 11: Undercover

"Preparing for Akihiro Ehara's appeal, Yagami and crew begin constructing their strategy. To have any hope against Bando, Public Security's coordinator, they've devised a plan to capture RK's leader, Soma..."

— Loading Screen, Lost Judgment

Chapter 12: To Nourish a Viper[]

Main article: Lost Judgment/Chapter 12: To Nourish a Viper

"If Soma truly is an undercover Public Security agent, then capturing him ought to drag the mastermind of the scheme into the light. Unfortunately, Kuwana slips away yet again, further complicating matters..."

— Loading Screen, Lost Judgment

Final Chapter: Darkest Before the Dawn[]

Main article: Lost Judgment/Final Chapter: Darkest Before the Dawn

"The law fails to provide justice to those who are ignored by the system. It also fails to punish those who get away with their crimes. What can be done to fix this? Yagami and Kuwana continue to seek their own answers..."

— Loading Screen, Lost Judgment

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[1] on March 22, 2021. The newly filed trademark lead to speculation regarding the possibility of a sequel to Judgment 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.

A trial version was released on September 9, 2021, featuring part of the prologue up to the opening of the game. The full version of the game was released worldwide on September 24, 2021.

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