“We’re also working on unannounced titles outside of [Yakuza and Judgment],” he said.
While a sequel to Yakuza: Like A Dragon has already been confirmed, the future of the Judgement franchise is in doubt after an alleged dispute with lead actor Takuya Kimura’s talent agency.
“We will continue to cherish the Judgement series,” Yokoyama said in the Famitsu interview.
In July, Japanese showbiz news site Nikkan Taishu claimed that sources had indicated that actor Takuya Kimura’s talent agency had been blocking PC versions of games in the Judgment series because they didn’t want him to appear in them.
While it’s not entirely clear why this is, the site suggests that because Johnny & Associates “has strict control over the [likeness] rights of its talent, and the use of their image online is still limited to a few”, the agency may be treating PC games differently because home computers have direct access to the internet.
The report claims that Sega has been trying to bring Judgment and Lost Judgment to Steam, but because the agency is blocking this from happening it may draw a line under the series after Lost Judgment.