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Yakuza team’s next game, Judgment, will get full English dub

The game formerly known as Project Judge hits PS4 summer 2019

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Sega is bringing the Yakuza team’s next game, now known as Judgment, to the West in summer 2019. The PlayStation 4 game will be the first Yakuza product in more than a decade to receive a full English dub, as revealed in a new trailer that showcases Judgment’s English-language voice work.

Judgment, formerly known as Project Judge and Judge Eyes in Japan, will feature a full English voice cast. Here are details on the voice cast from Sega:

Greg Chun takes on the role of Judgment’s protagonist, Takayuki Yagami, supported by Crispin Freeman, Matthew Mercer, Cherami Leigh, Yuri Lowenthal, James Hong, Ed O’Ross, Amy Walker, Matt Yang King, Fred Tatasciore, Brian McNamara, as well as guest appearances by SungWon Cho, Cristina Vee, Max Mittelman, and many more.

The Western release will also feature the original Japanese voiceover. Players can choose Japanese or English-language audio or subtitles at any point. “Subtitles change based on which audio track is selected — Japanese or English,” Sega explained in a press release. “Japanese voice subtitles are presented in a way that represents the traditional Yakuza experience while English voice subtitles match the English script.”

This is the first time since the original Yakuza for PlayStation 2 that Sega has delivered a full English-language dub for a game set in the Yakuza series. Sega said it put in “extra work” to ensure that Judgment’s English audio was “a little more complex” and to “preserve the original Japanese script of Judgment as faithfully as possible.”

Judgment, tells the story of a disgraced lawyer turned private detective, Takayuki Yagami, seeking redemption as he explores the criminal underworld of the Yakuza series’ red light district, Kamurocho.

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