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PlayStation Plus will offer eight Yakuza games this year

Sony is bringing eight Yakuza games to PlayStation Plus this year as it looks to build out the revamped service’s library with notable third-party titles. Starting on August 2nd, subscribers on all three tiers will be able to snag Yakuza: Like a Dragon on PS4 and PS5. The other two games hitting the base Essential tier as part of August’s solid lineup are Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 (PS4 and PS5) and Little Nightmares (PS4).

At least for now, Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be the only Yakuza game that will hit the Essential tier. Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2 will join the Extra and Premium versions of the service in mid-August. Later this year, Yakuza 3 Remastered, Yakuza 4 Remastered and Yakuza 5 Remastered will land on the Premium tier. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will hit Extra and Premium in the coming months as well.

Unlike Microsoft does with Game Pass, Sony isn’t putting its own blockbuster games out on PlayStation Plus on the day they’re released. It has to find other ways to make the service attractive to lure in new users and keep existing members on board. Yakuza is a popular series and those who want to revisit the earlier games (or check them out for the first time) might be tempted to sign up to PS Plus or keep their subscription going to play through them all.

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Latest Yakuza Spinoff Lost Judgment Launching This Fall

Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio have announced Lost Judgment, a sequel to the 2018 detective thriller Judgment and another spinoff of the Yakuza series.

This news comes after Sega teased the upcoming game extensively, leading up to a leak on the PlayStation Store last night. Lost Judgment is planned to launch worldwide on September 24 for PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

The game was revealed during a showcase that featured a lengthy discussion with RGG Studio’s key staff members, including executive director Toshihiro Nagoshi. Check out Lost Judgment’s announcement trailer below.

Like the first game, Lost Judgment stars protagonist Takayuki Yagami, a detective tasked with investigating a murder in Tokyo. Based on the trailer, this sequel will include many twists and turns. It will also feature an open world, with different locales such as Yokohama and downtown Tokyo. Players will utilize stealth mechanics to get through various encounters.

As explained during the game’s announcement, Lost Judgement keeps the same real-time combat from the first entry. This is notable because the recent Yakuza: Like a Dragon was the first installment in the series to implement a turn-based combat system — which garnered critical praise from fans. The core Yakuza will be turn-based going forward, while Judgment will continue with real-time action combat in future installments.

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio told IGN that “the Yakuza series has been transformed into a turn-based RPG. On the other hand, over the year, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has accumulated resources and know-how of making flashy and exhilarating action games that are effortless to enjoy. We decided that we should let our signature action gameplay live on through Lost Judgment.”

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Yakuza spin-off Lost Judgment for PS5, Xbox Series X and more confirmed

Just yesterday, a leak revealed the Sega-produced Lost Judgment for PlayStation 5. A follow-up to 2019’s Judgment for the PlayStation 4, it didn’t take long for Sega to make it official, as today the company debuted the first trailer for the new game. We also got a release date for Lost Judgment too, and it’ll be out this September.

Specifically, Sega has announced that Lost Judgment will be available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on September 24th, 2021. Pre-orders are open today, and you cans see the five minute announcement trailer for the game below. The game follows 2019’s Judgment, which itself was a legal-themed spin-off to the Yakuza franchise.

The trailer does a pretty good job of setting the stage for Lost Judgment, which will put players in the role of Takayuki Yagami once again and task them with solving investigations. Players will travel to both Kamurocho and Yokohama in this installment, which keeps the action combat of the first game as well.

The combat of the Yakuza series is actually making headlines today too, with Sega telling IGN that the mainline Yakuza series will be making a transition to turn-based RPG combat following Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Those are looking for the classic, action-oriented combat of the Yakuza series will have the Judgment series moving forward.

Development will be handled by Sega’s Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, which has handled development on the Yakuza series since 2012. We’ll keep an eye out for more information on Lost Judgment and the Yakuza series in general, but for now, have a look at Lost Judgment‘s lengthy announcement trailer above.

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