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SEGA Confirm Pierre Taki Removed from Judgment's Western Release

SEGA Confirm Pierre Taki Removed from Judgment's Western Release - News

by Adam Cartwright , posted on 22 March 2019 / 1,234 Views

Following the news that SEGA have ceased shipments of Judgment in Japan followest the arrest of actor Pierre Taki (who plays Kyohei Hamura) on drugs-related charges, the company have today announced that the role will be re-cast for the upcoming western release on the 25th of June, with another actor providing the character modelling and Japanese voice acting.

Judgment recently re-entered the Japanese sales charts upon news that shipments were being discontinued, potentially making the original version of the game that include Taki's model somewhat of a collector's item.

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Darc Requiem (on 22 March 2019)

A lot of people seem to ignorant to why this is a big deal in Japan. Illegal drugs have a HUGE stigma there. People caught are blacklisted. Same thing happened with Yakuza 4. Companies don't want to be tied to the criminal underworld. Which ironic in this case. Both Yakuza and it's spin off has had games altered to avoid association with the real life Yakuza.

CaptainExplosion (on 22 March 2019)

This is ridiculous, it's not like he raped or killed anyone.

Heavenly_King (on 22 March 2019)

This is kind of ridiculous RE LOL

V-r0cK (on 22 March 2019)

I wonder if those that already bought the game will have to download an update that changes the character model and voice or they'll own a now-rare copy of the original.

Ka-pi96 (on 22 March 2019)

Bunch of pathetic PC cowards.

DonFerrari (on 22 March 2019)

Let's see how much this will impact release date and quality of material.

VAMatt (on 22 March 2019)

This has to be among the biggest overreactions in gaming history. This dude's arrest is a non-issue in the west, except that Sega keeps telling people about it. I can't imagine this is a big deal in Japan either. But, if it is, Sega owes it to Japanese culture to not feed into that ridiculousness.