Drug Scandal Involving Judgment Voice Actor Cascades to Kingdom Hearts 3

Olaf's voice will be lost, until it is found again.

Everyone's least favorite quest in Kingdom Hearts 3 is about to… well it's still going to be the worst, but now there's going to be a new voice taunting you as you find Olaf's missing pieces along the way.

After being arrested on cocaine-usage charges, actor and musician Pierre Taki has been a cause for concern in Japanese media. Just yesterday, news broke that Sega had halted sales and shipments of the Yakuza spinoff Judgment, as Taki appears in it. Taki is also well-known for his portrayal in as the lovable sentient snowman Olaf in Disney's animated film Frozen for the Japanese version. According to Asahi News, Disney will be replacing the actor in upcoming Frozen 2. That has now extended into Kingdom Hearts 3 too.

The character of Olaf appears relatively briefly in Kingdom Hearts 3, all things considered. In one key mission in the Arendelle world, you have to collect Olaf's pieces and put him back together, while he talks to you the entire time. (It's a very annoying mission.) Afterwards, his appearances are mostly relegated to cutscenes. Still, Square Enix announced in a short press release that it will be replacing Taki's voice as Olaf in a patch.

Kingdom Hearts 3 does not have any other language options for the audio track in the English version, so this change will not affect the western version of the game. For Taki, seemingly all traces of his video game performances are being erased due to the drug scandal, a symptom of Japan's tough laws against drug use. It is still unknown how the halt of Judgment sales will affect its impending release out west.

Thanks, Kotaku and Gematsu.

Tagged with News, PlayStation 4, Role Playing Games, Square Enix, Xbox One.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Read this next

Kingdom Hearts 3 Kingdom of Corona Treasures - Tangled World Walkthough

It’s off to Tangled World next, to meet Flynn Rider and the gang. Here’s everything you need to know.

The Best Games of 2019 So Far

Our ongoing list of what we believe are the best video games of 2019.

Resident Evil 2, Kingdom Hearts 3, and More on Sale for PSN Golden Week

Celebrate this Japanese holiday in the states with good deals.

Kingdom Hearts 3's Director Teases Changes When "Critical Mode" Comes Out Tomorrow

Critical Mode is coming to Kingdom Hearts 3 tomorrow for free.

"Everyone Was Complaining I Should Cut More:" Co-Director Tai Yasue on the Making of Kingdom Hearts 3

At GDC 2019, co-director Tai Yasue breaks down the most challenging and rewarding parts of making the long-awaited finale of the Xehanort saga.

Kingdom Hearts 3 World List, World Order, Characters, Review Roundup

Here's everything you need on Kingdom Hearts 3, including info on the release date, gameplay, worlds, characters, and much more.

More News

Mario Kart Tour Beta Impressions are Out, and It Looks Like It Has Some Heavy Microtransactions

Details from Mario Kart Tour's closed beta includes how microtransactions work.

Report: Riot Games Working With Tencent To Develop Mobile League of Legends

But it's not likely you'll be destroying Nexuses on the go this year.

More on PlayStation 4

Team Sonic Racing Characters - Characters List, How to Unlock More Characters

Team Sonic Racing features a huge roster of iconic Sonic Characters for you to choose from. Here’s who made the cut.

Dauntless Monsters List - All the Dauntless Behemoths and Their Weaknesses

This is our guide to every Dauntless monster, including Behemoth weaknesses, locations, and more.

Lego Batman 3 Codes and Cheats - Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham

Here’s all of the Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham Cheats and Codes you’ll ever need to know.

Fortnite Fortbytes List - All Fortbyte Challenges and Rewards

Fortbytes are brand new to Fortnite Battle Royale for Season 9, and there will be new Fortbyte challenges available to find every day.

GTA Vice City Cheats - Unlimited Money Cheat Code, All Weapons Cheats PC, PS4

We’ve got all the GTA Vice City cheats, from tanks to weapons and beyond. PC Cheats, PS4 Cheats, PS3 Cheats, Xbox, Mobile, iOS, Android.

Dauntless Best Weapons - Swords, Axes, Repeaters, Chain Blades, Hammers, War Pikes Guide

Our full Dauntless weapons guide, containing information on swords, axes, chain blades, hammers, war pikes, and the best weapons in Dauntless.

Dauntless Cross Platform - How to Opt-in to Dauntless Crossplay and Account Link

Here's all you need to know about Dauntless' cross-play features, including how to link accounts, and more.

More Role Playing Games Games

Dauntless Best Weapons - Swords, Axes, Repeaters, Chain Blades, Hammers, War Pikes Guide

Our full Dauntless weapons guide, containing information on swords, axes, chain blades, hammers, war pikes, and the best weapons in Dauntless.

YIIK Developer Responds To Accusation of Plagiarism, Says It's a Tribute But Will Update Credits

Ackk Studios will update the game's credits to reflect its influences, direct and indirect.

Skyrim Mods - Best Skyrim Mods for Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Skyrim is a great game that can be made even better through the use of mods. Here are all of the mods that are worth your time.

Starting Screen | Why 2019 Has Thus Far Been an Underwhelming Year for Games

After being spoiled for two solid years, we've hit a major lull. Will it get better in the second half?