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A dispute between a publisher and a talent agency over the role of a Japanese celebrity in Judak, derived from Yakuza, may close the series abruptly.
Sega, in its revelation earlier this year, hinted that this year's sequel, Lost Judgment, would hit Steam, before turning around to say it had no PC version planned. . This poor communication seems to come from Johnny & # 39; s, the talent agency behind Takuya Kimura, who plays the protagonist of the series Takayuki Yagami.
According to reports, Johnny's has strict policies regarding the distribution of images of his talent, which apparently extended to show the resemblance of Kimura to PC. Meanwhile, Sega has been on a big PC boost for a long time, with the entire Yakuza main series (developed by Judgment developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio) now available on Steam.
According to the Japanese outlet Nikkan Taishu (via Kotaku), the publisher and the talent agency were unable to reach an agreement. If they can’t make it, not only will Judgment’s hopes on PC die, but it could mean the end of the series.
"It is said that those who are on the side of the game's developer and those who are on the side of Johnny's have not been able to reach an agreement on the platforms to sell the game," says Nikkan Taishu.
One of the wrinkles in the story is that the first Judgment was available on PC via Google Stadia. But given Johnny’s reluctance to adopt the Internet (he previously refused to post pictures of his talent in the press), the agency may simply not be aware of how Stadia works.
Nikkan Taishu's source also points out that this is disappointing news for Kimura himself. He himself, a fan of the games, seemed to enjoy the role of Yagami and was “surprised” to learn that this would no longer be possible.
"Looks like he wanted to continue the series, but he said he was very disappointed when he found out he might not be able to do it."
Our Andy Kelly argued that Judgment would come to PC, claiming his only police-thriller twist in the established Yakuza format. It’s disappointing to know that not only will we probably never see Judgment on PC, but there will never be another case to resolve Yagami.
"More people deserve to play it, and Yakuza fans who don't own a console get lost in one of the best games in the series (which isn't officially in the series). And with the news that Yakuza stays with Like dragon turn combat, the Judgment games could be the last bastion of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio's traditional (and superior) real-time street fights. "