SEGA may not work on the Judgment franchise after the release of Lost Judgment due to problems with actor image rights in Japan. Apparently, the actor agency has strict policies and does not want the game to be on PC.
A couple of months ago, SEGA officially announced Lost Judgment, a brand new game in the popular Yakuza spin-off series named Judgment. Back then, SEGA confirmed they plan to release the game on consoles but not PC, which disappointed many fans.
However, it seems that this may not be SEGA's decision. According to the latest reports from the Japanese publication Nikkan Taishu, Lost Judgment could be the last game in the series due to disagreements between SEGA and the talent agency of actor Takuya Kimura, who portrays the lead character of the game Takayuki Yagami.
The report states that the talent agency have strict policies in place and don't want the game to be on PC, which sounds absolutely absurd. It's certainly far from an ideal scenario for SEGA who seem to be interested in publishing the game on Steam for increased revenue but as things stand that won't be happening and could even signal the end of the Judgment series.
This does sound extreme and we sincerely hope that SEGA and the actor's talent agency find a way to resolve the issue, no matter how ridiculous this issue sounds.
Lost Judgement is set to be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S and Xbox One in September 2021.