Judgment Character And Actor Being Replaced Ahead Of Western Launch

Judgment Character And Actor Being Replaced Ahead Of Western Launch

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s recently-released Yakuza spin-off, Judgment, has been in a spot of bother lately. Following the arrest of one of its voice actors, Pierre Taki, on drug use charges, the game was immediately pulled from physical and digital storefronts by its publisher, SEGA. Since then, fans have been left wondering when the game would return to shelves in Japan and what, if any, effect the whole ordeal would have on the game’s impending release.

Good news then, because the date for Judgment’s English release remains unchanged for now. In a tweet addressing the issue, SEGA have stated that the in-game character in question will have their appearance altered as well as voice lines re-recorded by a new voice actor. The tweet also confirms that the game will hold its original Western release date of June 25, 2019.

SEGA have also pulled all marketing materials related to the game for now, but promises that they will return in altered form soon.

Kieron started gaming on the SEGA Master System, with Sonic the Hedgehog, Alex Kidd and Wonder Boy. The 20-odd years of his life since have not seen his love for platformers falter even slightly. A separate love affair, this time with JRPGs, developed soon after being introduced to Final Fantasy VIII (ie, the best in the series). Further romantic subplots soon blossomed with quirky Japanese games, the occasional flashy AAA action adventure, and an unhealthy number of indie gems. To say that Kieron lies at the center of a tangled, labyrinthine web of sexy video game love would be an understatement.