Remember that big download required for the Yakuza 6 demo that dropped today? Well that's because the demo was a locked version of the full game, and that's led to some North American players glitching their way past the designated demo portion and into the full game. One player even managed to reach chapter 3 of the full game.
It's unclear whether Sega always planned on releasing a locked version of the full game as the demo, but if so that locking mechanism apparently failed for some North American players. The goal presumably was to let players carry over their save and trophies from the demo to the full game when it launches in April, but having the full game unlock might be overkill.
Bit of a clarification: The demo is the full game, you can play up to chapter 1 with trophies and the rest is locked till you purchase it on launch, progress carries over. People found a way to play more than intended. Sega pulled the demo currently to fix the issue.— Ｓａｗｙｅｒ (@Sawyer_DAA) February 27, 2018
The news was first reported on Twitter by user @Sawyer_DAA who initially reported that the demo has trophies with limitations. They later clarified that the demo is supposed to have trophies that carry over, but was also supposed to stop players at a certain point.
Similar reports have gone up on Resetera and Reddit when some players were confused as to whether the Yakuza 6 demo was supposed to be longer than the one that released in Japan. On Resetera, one player mentioned playing an arcade game that wasn't in the Japanese demo, while one Reddit user ended up playing up to (and maybe beyond) chapter 3. Yakuza 6 only has 13 chapters, meaning they've already played a fair chunk of the opening portions of the game.
Sega has tweeted out a response to the issue, saying that the company has pulled the Yakuza 6 demo in light of this glitch. Sega has offered no explanation as to how this happened, and has apologized for the mix-up. We've also reached out to Sega for clarification.
We apologize, but have had to remove the Yakuza 6: The Song of Life demo from the PlayStation Store. We are as upset as you are, and had hoped to have this demo available for everyone today. We discovered that some were able to use the demo to unlock the full game. 1/2— SEGA (@SEGA) February 27, 2018
In the meantime, for those of you who've already downloaded the Yakuza 6 demo, perhaps check to see if your version lets you play beyond the first chapter. Until then, we will keep you updated on the status of the demo version of Yakuza 6.