Drug scandal will not halt Sega's crime thriller Judgment from coming to the West

Cal Jeffrey

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Sega announced in a tweet that its narrative-driven video game Judgment will still see a US and UK release despite the title being pulled from store shelves in Japan.

The Japanese crime thriller, which released December 13 in its home country, was sacked earlier this month after Pierre Taki, the voice actor for the protagonist, was arrested on cocaine charges. Drug use is something of a big deal in Japan, and the company decided to pull the plug on the game rather than face backlash over the scandal.

The decision to halt sales was not an easy one. Sega’s Chief Creative Officer Toshihiro Nagoshi, executive producer on the Yakuza series, said he struggled with his vote to axe the game.

“To be honest, there’s no correct answer,” Nagoshi said in a March 26 livestream (translation via Kotaku). “If I’m asked why I voted to pull the game, it had just come out and if this were a game that had been released in the past and time had passed, the way we’d look at it might be different. It’s another matter when something just launched a few months before and is still being sold.”

Despite Taki’s arrest, the game will still be coming to the West. The reason Sega feels it can release Judgment in the US and UK is that the cast working on localization does not include Taki. Not to mention that customers abroad are less likely to care about the arrest of one of the voice actors. It will be the first time in my recollection that a game made in Japan for a Japanese audience was available everywhere except for Japan.

Judgment is a PlayStation 4 exclusive due out on June 25, 2019.

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Jamibi

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Honestly a baffling story.

Pulling a whole game off the shelves because of drug charges on a voice actor? Madness.

It must be really looked down upon in Japan, as here in the UK I don't think many people would really care at all. Just seems like a huge waste of effort for everyone involved for drug possession to cause the entire game to be pulled from the shelves.
 

arrowflash

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Honestly a baffling story.

Pulling a whole game off the shelves because of drug charges on a voice actor? Madness.

It must be really looked down upon in Japan, as here in the UK I don't think many people would really care at all. Just seems like a huge waste of effort for everyone involved for drug possession to cause the entire game to be pulled from the shelves.
In Japan, being caught with drugs is a career-destroying mishap for any person. Why should this be looked down upon? In fact, West should follow Japan's example, instead of having absolute degenerate celebrities who do things a normal person wouldn't get away with as long as they're in sync with the """narrative""".

I'd agree that pulling away from the shelves a title that's already been out for months just because of a VA, is a bit overkill and kind of dumb. But other than that, I have no problems with this.