Last week, we reported that sales of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio's Judge Eyes were halted in Japan after one of the game's actors was arrested for drug use. Actor Pierre Taki, who plays the villain Kyohei Hamura, tested positive for cocaine. Japan's drug laws are pretty harsh and it's normal for companies to declare an employee persona non grata after a drug charge.
In response to the arrest, Sega halted sales of Judge Eyes and scrubbed all related content from its media channels. Given the facial performance capture that went into Judgment, fans wondered how Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio would handle the replacement, and if the Western release would be delayed in response. Today, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio announced that the Western version of Judge Eyes, Judgment, will not be delayed. Pierre Taki is still being replaced though.
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.— RGG Studio (@RGGStudio) March 22, 2019
Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio also said that updated versions of Judgment's trailers will be re-uploaded to official channels in the future.
Judgment is an action-adventure "legal thriller" set in the Yakuza universe. It features private detective Takayuki Yagami, who is investigating a serial murder case. It was originally released in Japan in December 2018. Sega is going all out for the Western release, with two sets of English subtitles. USG's own Caty McCarthy took a look at the game and its "rad detective action". Judgment is coming to PlayStation 4 on June 25, 2019.