Yakuza Spin-off Judgment Reportedly Got A TV Series

While the future of the Judgment game franchise is unclear, recent reports indicate that Yagami will return to the screen in a TV series format.


Despite its success as a spin-off of the current Yakuza game franchise, the future of Judgement the series has been a question mark for a while now. However, despite concerns about the main character actor possibly severing ties with the game studio, it looks like there may be a future for Yagami after all.

Judgement recently saw the release of its second game, judgment lost, in 2021. The crime investigation thriller was widely hailed as a sequel to the first iteration of the series, but the game hadn’t even launched yet when rumors swirled about the actor who provided the voice. and Yagami’s likeness when the series came out.


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Although there has been no official confirmation either way as to whether players will see a third Judgement game, it looks like the franchise is set to continue in a new format. According to a report originally made by Japanese publication Nikkan Gendai and revealed by Kotaku, TV Asahi is preparing to produce a live-action television series based on the Judgement franchise. In said series, actor Takuya Kimura would reprise his role as private detective Takayuki Yagami.

The live action does not yet have an official title, but is called “Sabakarezaru”, which can be translated as “Not judged”. It should be noted that this term as part of the original Japanese subtitle for judgment lost, although it was removed for the Western version. Another source reportedly claimed that a movie could also be in the works, though it’s unclear whether it will be a movie or a made-for-TV feature film. Either way, it wouldn’t be the first time Yakuza franchise has been adapted into live action.

This news comes amid a drought of updates from Yakuza and Judgement series developer Ryu Ga Gotoku studio. Fans are currently waiting to hear more about Yakuza: like a dragon‘s sequel, which has been officially announced by the studio. However, judgment lost fans are also waiting for the release of the Kaito DLC, which is slated for an approximate release in Spring 2022. Unfortunately, no meaningful teaser or official release date for the DLC has yet been revealed.

This is an interesting development given the issue of Judgementthe future as a series of games. Earlier reports stated that Kimura’s agency and RGG/Sega could not reach an agreement on the release. judgment lost on PC. If true, it’s probably a sticking point for Sega, as the recent success of Yakuza on PC cannot be underestimated. However, if the TV series turns out to be a reality, it would seem to indicate that the actor and his agency are still on an amicable deal to work on the franchise, even if it’s no longer in video game form.

judgment lost is now available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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Source: Kotaku

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