The first major piece of Lost Judgment DLC, The Kaito Files, has a release date. You'll be able to tackle a whole new case as Yagami's buddy Masaharu Kaito later this month, and he's bringing his own fighting style, detective mechanics, and more.
What do we know about the first story-focused piece of Lost Judgment DLC?
The Kaito Files was originally teased in the Lost Judgment roadmap, which we got a first look at in September last year. It's a story-focused piece of DLC that revolves around Yagami's sidekick Masaharu Kaito as he unexpectedly encounters old flame Mikiko, as well as Jun, a young man claiming to be their son. He'll also encounter a crime syndicate linked to the case, because this is Kamurocho, and pretty much nothing happens in Kamurocho that doesn't somehow turn out to be linked to a crime syndicate. Kaito must uncover the truth of Jun's origin and Mikiko's link to the crime syndicate in question.
Ryu Ga Gotoku says this expansion will add roughly 10 hours of gameplay to Lost Judgment. As Kaito, you'll use two new fighting styles, Tank and Bruiser, to battle enemies. You'll also have access to unique Primal Instincts detective mechanics, which forgo Yagami's gadget-based approach in favor of something more based on...well...instinct. Kamurocho also has plenty of new collectibles for Kaito to find, so make sure you explore to the fullest if you decide to pick this one up.
When is the Lost Judgment The Kaito Files DLC release date?
If you're looking forward to checking this one out, you won't need to wait too much longer. The Kaito Files release date is March 28th, which means it launches in exactly three weeks. The DLC will set you back $29.99 on its own, but if you own the Lost Judgment Ultimate Edition package or you picked up the Season Pass, this DLC will already be included. There isn't too much time to go until you can pound the streets of Kamurocho as Yagami's ever-faithful friend and confidante.
Originally announced back in May 2021, Lost Judgment continues the story of Takayuki Yagami, a detective operating in the legendary (but sadly fictional) district of Kamurocho in Tokyo. Yagami and his partner Kaito must investigate a new crime in which the supposed suspect seems to have an ironclad alibi, but naturally, all is not as it seems. At the time of writing, Lost Judgment is the final game in the Yakuza series in which original creator Toshihiro Nagoshi was involved; he left to found a new company in late 2021. Only time will tell what that new company will yield, so stay tuned for more info.