Yakuza studio confirms series will stay a turn-based RPG moving forward

Judgment will carry the action onwards

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Today, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio announced Lost Judgment, a follow-up to its street detective spin-off Judgment. And while Judgment will carry forward the classic Yakuza series action, the Yakuza series will keep diverging into new territory.

Speaking to IGN, Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa confirmed that Judgment will be the pillar for action going forward, while Yakuza will carry forward the turn-based RPG systems brought about by last year’s Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

“The Yakuza series has been transformed into a turn-based RPG,” they told IGN. “On the other hand, over the year, 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.”

 This might be a surprise for some, but it might split the difference of letting Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio continue building on the foundation of Like a Dragon while still creating their particular brand of beat ’em up. Lost Judgment certainly doesn’t seem like it’s slouching on either the action or the wild side activities either way.

Lost Judgment is coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on Sept. 24, 2021.


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