By Marisa Alexander / September 10th, 2018
Judge Eyes, a working title under the codename of Project Judge developed by same team who has done the Yakuza franchise, has been shown off at the PlayStation LineUp Tour. Two trailers, one for the story and another for gameplay, has also been released on Sega of America’s Youtube Channel. The story is that of a long time former lawyer named Takayuki Yagami whose life turns for the worst after miraculously acquitting a man. However, this very same man went on to receive another charge for murder and arson by stabbing Yagami’s “Emi-chan”, the charged man’s girlfriend, and burning down the household.
After this event, Yagami would not go back to the office. During this time, a string of murders started to unearth themselves, as well as Yagami unable to escape his path. During this, Yagami goes from former lawyer to detective, in order to bring the truth into the light. Solve mysteries and help solve this deadly string of murders to avenge the victims. To help bring life into Yagami, he is voiced by Takuya Kimura.
As should be expected by the Yakuza team, the gameplay is as varied as to be expected. Players must match up details, take photographs, and present all of the evidence necessary in order to solve the mystery and continue on. Systems such as donning disguises, investigations, and tailing are all present, all perfect for a game about being a detective. There will also be combat, which seems to be up to typical Yakuza standards, where the game takes free-flow as the standard. There will be a helping of minigames as well, just to help spice up the world and adventure.
The game will be coming out on December 13th, 2018 in Japan, and somewhere in 2019 for the West. Trailers for the game can be found below, giving a summary of the game’s setting and premise, as well as the gameplay styles offered up.