The real reason why Lost Judgment may be the last game in the series
Developed by Yakuza series devs, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, and published by SEGA, the action-adventure game Lost Judgment is currently facing some disputes. This is due to disagreements with Johnny’s Entertainment. Johnny’s is the talent agency of Takuya Kimura, the voice actor of the game’s protagonist.
An article from the Japanese showbiz news website, Nikkan Taishu, goes into detail. Apparently, Johnny’s has a very strict likeness policy. This means they do not allow their talents’ portraits on a platform that is strictly not a game console and can connect directly to the internet. Meanwhile, SEGA wants to port Lost Judgment to Steam. So far, the two have been unable to reach an agreement.
Kimura is one of Japan’s most famous celebrities, so having him in a game does a lot to boost domestic market sales. However, SEGA also sees the potential of the PC as a platform. The first game in the series, Judgment, was originally released for PlayStation 4. Later on, the game got a remaster for PlayStation 5, Stadia, and Xbox Series X|S. Currently, SEGA is launching Lost Judgment on both current-gen and last-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
It has also been noted that Lost Judgment‘s official website did include the Windows 10 and Steam logos, but these have been removed.
Ryu Ga Gotoku site briefly mentioned that Lost Judgment would be releasing on Win10/Steam, but that has been removed from the site. There's also mention of a Steam logo in the Lost Judgment website source for some reason pic.twitter.com/9HvgV7S7Ow
— Wario64 (@Wario64) May 7, 2021
Johnny’s Entertainment is one of Japan’s most prolific talent agencies and handles some of its biggest idol groups. It has also traditionally been very internet-wary. This dispute might really spell the end of the Judgment series, or at least, one with Kimura as the star.
For more on Lost Judgment, check out the latest trailer from the recent Sony State of play.