Ever since the first game of Judgment came out, everyone said that it was a one off game because of how famous and controlling lead actor Takuya Kimura’s (playing Takayuki Yagami) talent agency is. It was shocking seeing SEGA remaster the game, announce a sequel then name ‘Judgment‘ its action series moving forward; with the main Yakuza games being turn based.
Looks like the issues with Takuya Kimura may have just started as reported by Nikkan Taishu, Judgment series may be coming to an end, due to disputes between Kimura’s talent agency and SEGA over the release of the PC version of Lost Judgment (even tho Judgment was technically on Stadia, but I guess Japan hasn’t heard of the service).
“those on the side of the game developer and those on the side of [Kimura’s talent agency] Johnny’s are said to have been unable to reach an agreement regarding the platforms to sell the game.”
SEGA did get back to PC Gamer where they stated:
“The game is being announced for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Sega has no plans to bring Lost Judgment to PC at this time.”
According to the Nikkan Taishu article, SEGA sees the PC platform as vital to the game’s success where Takuya’s talent agency isn’t for it. Maybe they aren’t happy having it on a platform that could easily be modded and ruin Takuya Kimura’s image. Since he is a huge boy band, its obvious that these talent agencies are over bearing and controlling.
While I love the Judgment game, if SEGA gives them something as vital as not appearing on a platform, this will open it up for the talent agency to start controlling more of the Judgment franchise.
Thankfully for Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, they have created a slew of great characters that could replace ‘Judgment’ as a series. Let’s be real, who wouldn’t want to play a Goro Majima and Taiga Saejima spin-off game?