Sega’s Judgment Will Receive a New Actor for Kyohei Hamura in Replacement for Pierre Taki
PlayStation 4™ – US & EU
The newest entry in the Yakuza universe, Judgment by Sega, has revealed their plans to adjust the character model and Japanese voice over for Kyohei Hamura after the arrest of actor Pierre Taki who plays the role of Hamura in the game.
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If you haven’t heard it, Japanese musician and actor Pierre Taki has been removed from the game after he was arrested on possession and use of cocaine, that totally wrecked Sega’s future plans for the game.
Sega immediately hops into action and started off from pulling out all the game from shelves and digital stores worldwide.
Despite having to replace the actor for Kyohei Hamura at the very last minute, Sega reassured that they’ll still release the game in the West as originally planned. Which means Judgment will still be released in the Western regions on the 25th of June this year.
As of the moment, all the assets for the game such as screenshots and trailers featuring Kyohei Hamura have been temporarily removed. The company continued, “Updated versions of these materials will be made available at a later date.”
Sega Europe confirmed this announcement through their official Twitter account, which can be seen below.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the character model and Japanese voice for the character of Kyohei Hamura will be adjusted for the Western release of Judgment, launching on June 25, 2019.
— SEGA (@SEGA) March 22, 2019
Who is Pierre Taki?
For those who may not know, Pierre Taki or Masanori Taki in real life is a member of the Japanese synthpop group called Denki Groove. He is also an actor who made appearances in movies such as Attack on Titan, Shin Godzilla, and more. More so, he played the Japanese dub voice of Olaf in Frozen.
Disney also revealed that they are currently planning on recasting the actor in the upcoming Frozen 2. The company even stopped selling the Frozen Blu-rays in Japan because of Taki’s issue on drugs, as reported in Japan Today.
Going back to the game Judgment, since they are using real film and famous actors to play the roles of the characters in the game, it is a must for the company to replace Taki right away before the game’s western release.
As of the time of writing, Sega still has no further announcement about the actor’s replacement. But, we are indeed hoping to hear more from the company regarding Kyohei Hamura’s new character model and Japanese voice actor, soon. Stay with us for more update!
For the overview of the game, this game takes you in the modern day of Tokyo, Japan. The main protagonist, Takayumi Yagami, is a private detective and a man with strong principles to fight for his beliefs despite the hopelessness he experienced. As he faced betrayal from his client, his credibility goes rock bottom not until he caught up in a serial murder case that might push his limits with his investigative skills to solve the case.
Meanwhile, Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon (JUDGE EYES：死神の遺言) Japanese Version is still available on our website. It was released last December 13th for PlayStation 4 as well. Click the button below to secure your copies!
- Dual Audio – Players can switch between the Japanese and English VO tracks at any point during the game. Experience Judgment using whichever language you prefer
- Dual Subtitles – Subtitles change based on which audio track is selected – Japanese or English. Japanese voice subtitles are presented in a way that represents the traditional Yakuza experience while English voice subtitles match the English script
- Localization Pedigree: Judgment’s localization has been handled in-house by SEGA of America’s talented Yakuza series localization team