New Game From the Developers of Yakuza Revealed, Japanese Demo Released

New Game From the Developers of Yakuza Revealed, Japanese Demo Released

The team over at Ryu Ga Gotoku must be drinking a shit-ton of Boss Coffee ’cause they’ve been pumping out stellar releases lately like it’s nothing. On the PlayStation 4 alone they’ve managed to produce four excellent Yakuza games, as well as the upcoming Fist of the North Star, and now they’re casually adding another big title to that list.

Judge Eyes (also knows asĀ Project Judge) is a ‘detective thriller’ set in Kamurocho, the same fictional Japanese town that the Yakuza games take place in. Playing as lawyer-turned-detective Takayuki Yagami, the game will feature the same kinds of open-world action and antics that have become synonymous with the Yakuza series, albeit with a murder-mystery twist. Takayuki will be able to investigate suspects, use his phone and a drone to take incriminating photos, disguise himself and do all manner of other detective-y things to solve gruesome cases.

Two trailers have been released so far, a story trailer and a gameplay trailer. The gameplay trailer features a lot of trademark Yakuza-style mechanics, including the return of different fighting styles, but also delves into the new detective abilities. Check out both trailers below:


All in all, this looks to be the Yakuza and Ace Attorney crossover game that I didn’t ask for but I absolutely have to play. Also those minigames look bloody great.

Project Judge is set to release on December 13 in Japan, and has been given a ‘2019’ release window for the West. A demo is currently available on the Japanese PSN store for anyone who has Japanese account. Check out a set of gorgeous-looking screens below and stay with us at WellPlayed for more info as it comes!

Kieron started gaming on the SEGA Master System, with Sonic the Hedgehog, Alex Kidd and Wonder Boy. The 20-odd years of his life since have not seen his love for platformers falter even slightly. A separate love affair, this time with JRPGs, developed soon after being introduced to Final Fantasy VIII (ie, the best in the series). Further romantic subplots soon blossomed with quirky Japanese games, the occasional flashy AAA action adventure, and an unhealthy number of indie gems. To say that Kieron lies at the center of a tangled, labyrinthine web of sexy video game love would be an understatement.