Judgment Original Japanese Version Won't Remove Actor Pierre Taki
Players who already own Judge Eyes, the Japanese version of Judgement, won't see Pierre Taki removed via an update.
Sega made multiple announcements regarding the Japanese commercialization of Judgment, known as Judge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon in the archipel. First off, official commercialization will restart there on July 18 with a bargained version. It’ll be sold for 4540 yen plus tax.
This new version of the game has character Hamura Kyohei remodeled. In the original version, the character used to be modeled and voiced by Pierre Taki, who got caught in a drug scandal, hence why the game’s commercialization stopped in the first place. This change will be present in the western version as well. Besides this, nothing else in the game was changed. It’s worth noting that if you played the original version but sold or lost it, you won’t be able to resume your save with this new version.
This new Japanese version of Judgment also contains from the start the new Extra Easy mode which was added with an update and DLC items for free.
Moreover, players who already own the original Japanese version of Judgment will still be able to see Pierre Taki’s acting in the game. In the end, Sega decided against updating via a patch the original version in order to remove Pierre Taki from the game. Yakuza Studio producer Daisuke Sato confirmed it on Twitter. If you know Japanese and are interested in Pierre Taki’s acting, you can buy a second-hand copy of the original version to see him.
Sega recently published a behind the scenes with the English voice actor of Judgment‘s protagonist. Meanwhile, Yakuza Studio is currently developing the next Yakuza PS4 game and is holding an audition for one of its main female characters. Lastly, Sega’s Toshihiro Nagoshi already confirmed that Sega isn’t planning to make sequels for Judgment as of now.
Judgment launched on December 13, 2018 in Japan, and will be available in the west on June 25, exclusively on PS4.