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Captain_Yuri said:
shikamaru317 said:

Wonder what will end up happening with this? I see it going one of 3 ways:

  1. Takuya Kimura finally gets sick of this overprotective talent agency. He is reportedly quite fond of Judgment and wants to keep acting in it. 
  2. Sega backs down and cancels the PC release for future Judgment games, releasing them on only PS5 and Xbox Series S|X instead (and maybe Switch 2, if it has high enough specs)
  3. Sega refocuses the series on a new main character, much like they did with Yakuza recently, with the change from Kiryu to Ichiban. 

The article already makes it sound like they cancelled the series after Lost Judgement so I doubt it will be #2. If anything, #3 is the most likely:

I am doubtful of that personally. Cancelling a successful series over a single missing platform seems extreme, unless that platform is your lead platform in sales. While we have no baseline to compare Judgment sales on PC to, since the remaster of the first Judgment wasn't on Steam, we can look at the sales for past Rya Ga Gotoku studio games on Steam to get an idea of the sales potential:

  • Yakuza 0: 1-2m range on Steam Spy (I think it was bundled more than once with other Sega games for a cheap price)
  • Yakuza Like A Dragon: 200-500k range (the first ever Yakuza series game to release day one on PC)
  • Yakuza Kiwami: 200-500k range
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2: 200-500k range
  • Yakuza 3 Remaster: 100-200k range
  • Yakuza 4 Remaster: 50-100k range
  • Yakuza 5 Remaster- 50-100k range

While Yakuza 0 had strong sales, it seems to be an outlier, with numbers driven artificially high by bundling and late life discounts (it's currently on sale for 75% off at $5 for instance). The others are all less than 500k sales so far. I'm just not sure if it's worth cancelling a series over those sales numbers on PC, when they can release Judgment games on PS5/PS Now, Xbox Series/xCloud, Stadia, Luna, and maybe Switch 2 once it releases. Maybe they will choose to create a new main character for future Judgment games instead, but I personally think they'd be better off just skipping Steam and leaving PC players with the option to play on Streaming with PS Now, xCloud through Gamepass, Stadia, or Luna. I mean obviously that would suck for PC gamers, to be forced to play the game on Streaming, but it's better than not being able to play the game at all, and better than cancelling the whole series over a single platform.