Future Yakuza Games Could Be Set Outside Japan

May the travels commence!

by Gordon Bicker
Featured image for Yakuza games to be set in locations outside of Japan article

Yakuza games and the spin-off Judgement series both have a significant following of fans who track every essence of the studio’s progress towards creating new installments and experiences. In a recent interview conducted by ‘The Gamer‘ with Kazuki Hosokawa, the chief producer of Lost Judgement mentioned the possibility of exploring new locations in future Yakuza titles outside of Japan. This is sure to be an exciting prospect for fans around the world.

The Yakuza Series Could Leave Japan Behind

Throughout the interview, Kazuki spoke about the creative processes of creating both the Judgement and Yakuza series. Hosokawa-san had also spoken about their journey through the industry. The main nugget of information relating to the locations was relayed near the end of the interview with the following being said:

Hosokawa-san talks about the studio’s future, and how it hopes to continue with worldwide launches for future titles while possible exploring games in the Yakuza series that leave Japan behind, taking characters to new countries with new locations to explore, battles to fight, and mysteries to uncover.

There are a vast array of cultures to be discovered in the wider world if future titles did indeed seek to explore areas out of Japan. One thing is for certain, we will see another excellent addition to the franchise.

Lost Judgement was said to be a “very personal project” and the Yakuza and Judgement development teams are said to overlap in working — likely to create a tight-knit community of staff members. The pandemic took a toll on the team but they adapted and overcame the challenges by working remotely at home. However, the pandemic caused a loss of speed of development for the game and had disrupted the studio’s normal high echelon standards of communications but, nonetheless, they have continued working and looking after one another wholeheartedly.

Lost Judgement is set to release on the 21st of September for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One.

About The Author

Avatar photo

Gordon is a contributing writer for Attack of the Fanboy, a Games Design (BA) Honours student, and a Video Game Ambassador. He has been writing at AOTF for over a year and a half, with four years of games writing experience for outlets like Green Man Gaming. When he's not busy, he'll no doubt be experiencing games, writing poetry, playing guitar, adventuring, or happily starting a new Skyrim playthrough! As an avid Final Fantasy XIV player, he also hopes that you'll gain a warm feeling from his community stories. Gordon has reported on Fallout 4 and Destiny 2, whose favorite genres include action RPGs, MMORPG's and First Person Shooters but is always experimenting with many other types of games.