Game publisher SEGA recently announced that a voluntary halt on shipments and digital sales of anticipated action video game Judgment in Japan due to a certain actor’s arrest.
Judgment shipments halted
The news broke out that the actor Pierre Taki was arrested for allegedly using cocaine in violation of Japan’s drug control law. SEGA then had to halt shipments in order to fix this problem before it spreads like a wild fire.
Taki is actually the one playing the role of Kyohei Hamura in the game. He is the captain of the Matsugane family, a subsidiary of the Tojo Clan based in fictional town Kamurocho.
Here is the press release statement:
Sega has received the arrest reports and are currently confirming the facts, but for the time being, we will voluntarily refrain from shipments and digital sales of [Judgment], as well as from things like posting the product’s homepage. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause for customers, as well as the parties involved.
Tweets related to the game were also deleted. It was actually launched for the PlayStation 4 last December 2018 in Japan. I twill launch in the Americas and Europe on June 25. There is still no word if Taki’s arrest will affect the western launch. They are still discussing its course of action regarding the western release, and that a decision has not yet been made.