Game publisher SEGA recently revealed upcoming video game JUDGE EYES: Shinigami no Yuigon or known to the west as Project JUDGE.
Project JUDGE developed by Yakuza studio
SEGA recently showed some awesome footage at the Sony Interactive Entertainment’s pre-Tokyo Game Show PlayStation Lineup Tour event. The western branch of the publisher also announced that this upcoming video game will be coming to the west.
The publisher revealed that the video game will be coming to North America and Europe for the PlayStation 4 in 2019. There is still no specific release date as of the moment.
Here is the promotional official blurb of the game’s story:
Project JUDGE takes place in modern day Tokyo, following a serial murder case. The main protagonist, private detective Takayuki Yagami (played by Takuya Kimura), is a man of conviction who fights for his beliefs, despite the overwhelming despair surrounding him. Kimura has met extensively with the game’s development team to craft this protagonist, dedicating more than 1,000 minutes of voice recording time for his lines. By putting forth so much effort in developing this role, Project JUDGE aims to redefine what it means to truly bring a character to life.
Enhancing the game’s position as a courtroom thriller and embodying the feeling of playing a detective, players will need to utilize key investigative skills in conjunction with unique gameplay features to unveil the truths hidden at the core of Project JUDGE’s plot.
What lies beyond the suffering and failures of the man trapped within his past; is it a divine revelation, or something more sinister? Stay tuned for more information on Project JUDGE, the courtroom thriller action game brought to you by the prolific tag team of Takuya Kimura and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios.
The Yakuza team actually revealed that they have spent over three years developing this game. They have a core belief that is to create enjoyable games that address mature themes.
Characters and respective descriptions
Takayuki Yagami (cast: Takuya Kimura) The main protagonist of Project JUDGE.
A fiercely idealistic ex-defense lawyer turned private detective. After facing a devastating betrayal by one of his former clients, he became known as a fraud who lets murderers run free, effectively destroying his reputation. Now he’s caught up in an enigmatic serial murder case and will need to push his investigative skills to their limit to solve it.
Takashi Genda (cast: Akira Nakao) A gritty lawyer who has taken on the role of overseeing Yagami’s growth since the start of his career as a lawyer. Even after Yagami’s incident that forced him out of the legal world, Genda still looks after him and helps him find work from time to time.
Kazuya Ayabe (cast: Kenichi Takito) A detective with Tokyo PD’s Organized Crime Division.
Ayabe is a crooked cop who withholds information on investigations for his own benefit, but often helps Yagami with his cases – for a price.
Mitsuru Kuroiwa (cast: Shosuke Tanihara) A detective with the Tokyo PD’s Organized Crime Division, famous for his leadership skills and high successful arrest rate in Kamurocho. A talented officer who plays by the rules, Kuroiwa sees unknown elements like Yagami as a dangerous nuisance.
Kyohei Hamura (cast: Pierre Taki) Captain of the Matsugane family, a subsidiary of the Tojo Clan based in Kamurocho. Hamura is self-centered, but he’s also a mastermind skilled in taking others down for his own benefit. He’s heavily involved with Yagami throughout the serial murder case.
Project JUDGE is actually from the Yakuza universe with the Kamurocho town as its main setting. The Japanese Demo is now available at the Japanese PSN store weighing 7.41 GB.
Check out the story and gameplay trailers here: