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New IP From the Yakuza Studio Revealed, Dubbed "Judge Eyes"

The Yakuza studio is on the case.

News by Hirun Cryer, .

At the PlayStation Lineup Tour today on September 10, Sega CCO Toshihiro Nagoshi appeared on stage to reveal the Yakuza studio's brand new IP. "Project Judge", or "Judge Eyes" as it's being called right now, will release later this year on PS4.

However, the release date of December 13, 2018 only applies to the Japanese version of the game. Judge Eyes is due for release in the west at some point in 2019, and as the title suggests, you play the part of a Japanese lawyer, tasked with bringing criminals to justice in the courtroom.

Details are somewhat scant on Judge Eyes right now, and even the title of the game isn't confirmed. This new IP from the Yakuza studio under Sega doesn't come as a surprise though, given that Nagoshi-san revealed that they'd be revealing a new IP in the coming months.

What we do know is that there's a demo available for Judge Eyes today, but it's only available on the Japanese PlayStation Store. We'll report on further details surrounding Judge Eyes as soon as any additional information is revealed.

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  • Avatar for riderkicker #1 riderkicker 12 days ago
    So Takuya Kimura plays a defense lawyer/Vigilante, and the story could take place around or in Tokyo? I wouldn't mind it being a side-story to the main game.
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  • Avatar for philiprobinson60 #2 philiprobinson60 12 days ago
    I hope they lean into the silly aspects of Yakuza and make this in the spirit of Phoenix Wright
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  • Avatar for riderkicker #3 riderkicker 12 days ago
    @philiprobinson60 Doesn't look like it because the Reaper straights up shoots people in the head.
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  • Avatar for Damn_Skippy #5 Damn_Skippy 12 days ago
    But will we still be able to beat punks into submission with traffic cones, neon street signs and bicycles?
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  • Avatar for AceOfCakez #6 AceOfCakez 12 days ago
    Color me intrigued.
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #7 SIGGYZtar 12 days ago
    I watched a stream of the demo today and it looks very interesting. Kimura plays a private investigator who quit his job as a defense attorney after one of his clients is convicted of a different murder. His fighting style appears to be a looser fists-based style, kinda like Rush mode, but may lend to more grappling style takedowns, kinda like Tanimura from Yakuza 4. Another returning element is the chase mechanic, largely absent from the PS4 Yakuza games. Finally, the whole game does take place in the Yakuza universe, as the setting in the game is a redressed or retextured Kamurocho.
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  • Avatar for Flibustier #8 Flibustier 11 days ago
    Now we are talking !

    Good point to start learning japanese katakanas!
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