This month’s Lost Judgment sequel has a DLC roadmap and from the looks, it is likely showcasing what the future of the series could very well likely be. If you haven’t been following along recently, a weird situation surrounding the series has reared its head in Japan. The main character is Takayuki Yagami as portrayed by Takuya Kimura in the Japanese dub.
According to Nikkan Taishu, a Japanese show-business website, saying actor Takuya Kimura’s team has issues with a PC port of the sequel. The actor’s talent agency Johnny & Associates has been working against Sega, attempting to block their client from appearing in the PC port.
“Those on the side of the game developer and those on the side of Johnny’s are said to have been unable to reach an agreement regarding the platforms to sell the game,” Nikkan Taishu report states.
What makes this an insane story is that Tamura’s talent agency refuses to allow the sequel Lost Judgment to release on PC. Sega wants to release the game on Steam but Johnny & Associates are telling them they can’t and because they control the actor’s likeness, will not budge on the situation. To make this even weirder, is that Judgment recently launched on Stadia.
So, today’s announcement featuring the DLC roadmap begins to make even more sense considering what’s happening behind the scenes. Players who pre-order the Digital Deluxe and Ultimate editions of Lost Judgment will unlock the Quick-Start Support Pack, a kit that includes health items to use in battle, as well as Extract recipes for combat buffs. There’s also the Wayfarer’s Lucky Cat that earns extra Yen for Yagami.
Also, you get access to the Detective Essentials pack that gives you three colours for your Shiba Inu partner between white, black, and rust. The developer is also adding four additional Master System games to play. Adding Global Defense, Alien Syndrome, Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa, and Sagaia brings the total up to twelve classic SEGA titles to reminisce over!
Yagami gets a hoverboard as well to use to get around town and Yagami also gets six new Extracts for use to grant temporary boosts like telekinesis.
There’s also the School Stories Expansion that added more content to the school club experience. You can spar in the boxing ring, or take on a bike gang, or strut around in a new dance costume.
So far, this sounds pretty standard and it is — what everyone is talking about is the Kaito Files Story Expansion. This piece of content is essentially an independent story expansion with Kaito as the playable character. Sega says this will be around 10 hours of new content in Spring 2022 and is likely the path to giving us a third Judgment entry with Kaito as the protagonist given the controversy surrounding Takua Kimura in Japan. Whether or not things changes in the future remains to be seen but for now, Kaito could very well be the lead character going forward.
Lost Judgment launches worldwide on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on September 24