Sega scored a major coup by signing Takuya Kimura, one of Japan’s biggest celebrities, to star in it Judgment game. With Kimura emerges the qualifications of a bonafide star and, of course, the power of a talent agency. That last point, according to one report, could be the collapse of a startup franchise.
According to a weekly publication Nikkan Taishu, people in the Japanese entertainment world are referred to as the next Loss of Judgment will be the last entry in the series. “Because,” the insider explains, “those who are on the side of the game developer and those who are on the side [Kimura’s talent agency] Johnny’s is said to be unable to reach an agreement on a platform to sell the game. “
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Judgment initially launched on PlayStation 4, but remaster versions came out on PlayStation 5, Stadia, and Xbox Series X / S. Loss of Judgment will be released this fall on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, and Xbox One.
However, last spring, when the game was announced, a Japanese website listed Windows 10 and Steam. Yakuza fan page Tojo Dojo showed that even though the listing was removed, the website code still showed the Steam logo – something called Twitter Wario64 also noticed.
“The game was announced for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One,” a Sega spokesperson later said. PC player. “Sega has no plans to bring Lost Judgment to the PC at this time. “
According to Nikkan Taishu, Kimura’s talent agency won’t allow the release of the game on PC, which may seem odd since the game was previously released on Stadia (but, honestly, it’s unclear if the agency fully understands its platform). The problem seems to be due to the exact release of PCs and how that will affect talent agency management regarding Kimura’s similarities and general dislike of PC -based platforms.
Point of contention, as described in Nikkan Taishu, does Sega seem to be a very important PC from a business standpoint. For Johnny, who has yet to fully use the internet like others in the music business, releasing games live via a PC platform can be a problem for their business model. Because of these differences of opinion, Nikkan Taishu reported that Loss of Judgment is said to be the last in the series. (If so, I’m definitely wondering if the franchise will continue with other big stars attached to a more friendly talent agency.)
Some background: Johnny’s is responsible for the largest boyband group in Japan and is traditionally internet shy. As Music Time explained, “Johnny & Associates, in the past, refused to allow photos of his talent from press conferences to be published online and has since barred all of his artists from using social media.” Johnny hasn’t opened a YouTube channel until 2018!
Johnny’s control over his artist resemblance means strength. By letting Takuya Kimura, one of the agency’s most famous stars, appear in games launched on open platforms like PCs, the agency might consider giving up. So this could explain why Johnny is rumored to oppose a possible PC version.
Kimura was previously in a boyband called Smap, which erupted after three members of the group left Johnny in 2017. Another former member, Masahiro Nakai, left Johnny last year, and Kimura is now the only former Smap member who still belongs to a strong boy band agency.
Sources told Nikkan Taishu that Kimura, who is said to be quite a gamer, is actually involved in the role JudgmentTakayuki Yagami and desperately want the series to continue. Because Kimura is a big star in Japan, she has operated under rules that are slightly different from other talent at the agency, including, most famously, her marriage and children are no secret.
If the talent agency, in fact, prevents that from happening, hopefully Kimura can help create a compromise that ensures more Judgment games in the future.