‘Judge Eyes’ Announced for PlayStation 4 from ‘Yakuza’ Team

Right now there’s no title I could possibly praise more than that of SEGA’s long-running Yakuza franchise; especially with the highly-talented Ryu ga Gotoku Team behind it constantly exploring new storytelling and gameplay techniques to keep the thirteen-year-old franchise fresh. That’s why when series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi came on stage yesterday during Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show presentation, I immediately put down what I was doing. What he announced on that stage certainly wasn’t what I was expecting, but I couldn’t possibly be more stoked — offering us our first glimpse into the world of JUDGE EYES (currently titled Project JUDGE in the West), the latest video game series from the team.

Set to release in Japan, China, and Korea on December 13, 2018, easily the most exciting part of the announcement was how quick SEGA of America were to announce that the game will be releasing in the West in 2019. Joining the announcement today was the launch of a playable demo, which is currently available on the Japanese PlayStation Store as of today. It’s unconfirmed if/when the demo will be releasing in the West, but one would hope that shouldn’t take too long.

Following the story of Takayuki Yagami, a lawyer with a personal agenda following the loss of a friend, JUDGE EYES is seeming like it’ll hit all the right spots with an incredible new story that’s been over three years in development. Toshihiro Nagoshi shared that this is a project he’s been wanting to make for a very long time and that it’ll be something “completely different” from anything done by the Ryu ga Gotoku Team before, despite the familiar locale of Kamurocho.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who is feeling the excitement either, with the story trailer for JUDGE EYES currently sitting atop the trending charts on YouTube in Japan immediately after upload. Whether its the incredible accompanying music from Japanese rock outfit  ALEXANDROS, or the high-paced appeal of the gameplay, it’d appear that JUDGE EYES really has struck a chord with everyone. It’ll be exciting to see just how the game pans out, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it when it finally releases in 2019.

Those interested in checking out even more on the upcoming JUDGE EYES can head over to the game’s Japanese official website.

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