Showing posts with label Judgment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Judgment. Show all posts

Monday, March 18, 2019

Judgment Becomes Collectible Item in Japan After Drug Scandal

After making headlines for drug scandal, price for Yakuza spin-off Judgment goes sky high and becomes a must-have item.

As an action-adventure game and a Yakuza series spin-off by developer/publisher Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku studio, PlayStation 4-exclusive title Judgment was doing great after it came out in December 2018 and was set for a worldwide release on June 2019.

However, things went south pretty quick when one of the game's voice actors, Pierre Taki was arrested on a drug scandal and the game is entirely pulled off from sales in Japan, which has made it a collector's item for players these days.

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Judgment Becomes Collectible Item in Japan

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Only weeks after a long-anticipated Western launch date announcement, Taki was arrested for alleged possession and usage of cocaine, leading Sega to voluntarily stop distribution of the game from digital and retail stores in response.

Although there was no official statement on when they will come back in marketplaces, it is easily predictable that the publisher may not resume sales anytime soon as long as the investigation on Taki is ongoing, thus creating a high demand for the PS4 title.

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Judgment drug scandal has caused a massive spike in price in all over Japan and since there are no new copies available, used copies are currently being sold for as much as a whooping ¥45,000 or $400 following the controversy.

Originally, it used to sell for a price of ¥8,953 or $80 only but now that supply is scarce from source, even retailers are charging somewhat $100 or more. It all happened so fast within a few months of its release and the game is a must-buy item all of a sudden.

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Kyohei Hamura Voiced by Pierre Taki

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Aside from serving as a voice actor for the game, Pierre Taki has also dubbed voice for Olaf in animated musical fantasy Frozen and reprised his role in Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts III, which will be replaced soon according to Square Enix.

Known as Judge Eyes in Japan, Judgment probably won't see an unusual price hike when it will be released worldwide but then again, we don't really know for sure yet that whether or not dates will be pushed back because of Taki's arrest.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Judgment Pulled From Sales in Japan

Yakuza spin-off title Judgment was pulled from sales by SEGA in Japan after voice actor arrested for drug scandal.

An official spin-off title of the acclaimed Yakuza series, developer/publisher Sega has released action-adventure game Judgment back on December 2018 in Japan for players on PlayStation 4, also eyeing for a Western release this year.

The title was commercially doing pretty well and fans were eagerly waiting for a summer 2019 release worldwide. However, it has been pulled from sales after one of the game's voice actors was arrested for alleged possession and usage of cocaine.

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Judgment Pulled From Sales in Japan

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Japanese actor and musician Pierre Taki, who has voiced over for in-game crime boss character Kyohei Hamura for the PS4 title has been arrested recently after tips on suspicion of his using a small amount of cocaine was received by police.

Initially, there was no drug to be found but when given a urine test, Taki was tested positive for cocaine usage. Right after this incident, Sega voluntarily came out with a press release for halting distribution and promotion for the game in response.

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Following their brief statement, the publisher completely pulled the game off from digital and retail stores while the investigation is ongoing. Also, the planned release date of Judgment on June 25, 2019 is now in question until the investigation comes to a conclusion.

For many people, it may seem like a lot of drama over some routine drug charges but Japan has a very strict outlook on drugs and possession of cocaine can lead to seven years of prison sentences for voice actor Pierre Taki.

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Pierre Taki Plays Kyohei Hamura

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Originally developed as codename Project Judge and known as Judge Eyes in Japan, the game follows private detective Takayuki Yagami working on a serial murder case and engages in a beat 'em up adventure in third-person perspective.

This sudden drug scandal fiasco and Taki's arrest is obviously quite disheartening for everyone who put a lot of effort and labor in creating and promoting Judgment, both from within and outside of Japan, considering the studio announce a worldwide release date only a week ago.