Lost Judgment May Be Final Game in the Series Due to Actor Agency Dispute

Sega reportedly wants to bring the series to PC, but a talent agency isn't playing ball.

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio announced Lost Judgment back in May, the sequel to the Yakuza spin-off Judgment from 2019. And it turns out, the second game in the series might be the last, according to a new report from Japanese outlet Niikan Taishu [via VGC].

The apparent reason for this is cited as a dispute between publisher Sega and talent agency Johnny & Associates, which represents actor Takuya Kimura, who is both the voice and face of main character Takayuki Yagami. The report from Niikan Taishu says the agency has been blocking PC ports of Judgment and Lost Judgment, which has Sega reconsidering the viability of the spin-off as a long-term investment. The reasoning wasn’t plainly stated, but the outlet suggests Johnny & Associates has strict control over Kimura’s likeness and that it has the power to shut down any PC version based on the fact that Takayuki is modeled after the actor.

While it’s unclear what the agency is trying to prevent, since PC versions of games are more easily modded than they are on console, Johnny & Associates might be doing this in the interest of preserving Kimura’s modesty. CD Projekt Red found itself in a similar situation when players began modding copies of Cyberpunk 2077 to let them have sex with Keanu Reeves’ character Johnny Silverhand. This eventually led to the studio having the mod taken down because it was “harmful” to Reeves. Similar issues have come up in games like Beyond: Two Souls, which included a nude model of actor Elliot Page without his knowledge, resulting in the actor looking into legal action against Sony and developer Quantic Dream.

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Lost Judgment is set to launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on September 24.