SEGA making changes to Judgement following Japanese actor's arrest

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#1 Edited by SolidGame_basic (24158 posts) -

Judgment, the next game from the developers of the Yakuza franchise, will have the character model and Japanese voice of Kyohei Hamura adjusted for the Western release following the arrest of the character's voice actor for alleged drug use, but the release date will not change.

SEGA has also announced that all screenshots and trailers featuring Hamura have been temporarily removed from its official channels and it will be updating these and bringing them back in the future.

This news broke earlier this month when Hamura voice actor Pierre Taki was arrested and confessed to using a small amount of cocaine. If Taki is prosecuted, he could face up to seven years in prison for the offense.

Due to these developments, SEGA stopped all sales of Judgment in Japan, stopped promoting the game online, and all relevant tweets by SEGA's official Twitter were deleted.

There is no word on when Judgment will be back on store shelves and digital marketplaces in Japan, but considering SEGA isn't pushing the release date of Judgment in the West, hopefully it won't be too long until it is available for purchase again for those who are looking forward to this Yakuza spinoff title.

The game still expected to make its release date though. I also find it interesting that they halted shipments of the Japanese version due to the arrest. Your thoughts, SW? Would you have cared if they had not made any changes to the game?

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#2 Posted by lundy86_4 (53102 posts) -

Meh. I understand them not wanting to be associated, but it's not really a big deal to me. I don't go out of my way to find the voice actors, and learn everything about them.

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#4 Posted by Renegade_Fury (20538 posts) -

I mean it's dumb, but that's how they deal with drug use in Japan. Everyone was worried that it was going to get delayed, or downright cancelled in the west, so Judgment coming out on time is really the best case scenario for us.

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#5 Posted by getyeryayasout (12320 posts) -

1) Cocaine is completely overrated.

2) Seems like an overreaction to me, but apparently it's a major offense in Japan.

3)Thank God we're going to get this game at all. It looks fantastic.

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#6 Posted by Ant_17 (12410 posts) -

Don't care for the change in judgement since I have yet to play it, but it sucks for yakuza 4 remaster which I won't be getting.

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#7 Edited by Archangel3371 (27894 posts) -

Well personally I wouldn’t really care too much about that but drug use is a serious offence in Japan and it’s their game so if they want to make those changes to it then that’s their right to do so.

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#8 Posted by Jag85 (13475 posts) -

It would be kind of fitting for a drug-dealing character to be played by a drug-dealing actor.

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#9 Posted by Raining51 (1012 posts) -

This is honestly no big deal either way.