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PC Mod For Judgement Restores Original Hamura Actor

There’s a mod for the Yakuza spin-off game Judgement that restores the original actor for Captain Hamura after he was removed following drug charges in Japan.

With the surprising arrival of Judgement along with its sequel, Lost Judgement on PC has allowed a variety of mods to be developed. The news of a Judgment actor change at the time of the game’s release was rather dramatic. Pierre Taki, the original Japanese voice actor and likeness for Kyohei Hamura—one Judgement’s most prominent characters—was pulled entirely from the game in dramatic fashion after admitting to cocaine use.

In a country like Japan, drug use carries a heavy negative stigma in comparison to other countries like the United States. Often, such cases lead to people being wiped from even previous performances. Taki’s arrest led to sales of Judgment being halted by SEGA shortly after the game’s initial release, and the actor was recast alongside the replacement of several of Taki’s other roles including his voice work as Olaf in the Japanese release of Disney’s Frozen.

Taki’s likeness and voice work were replaced with that of Miou Tanaka who does a phenomenal job in the role given the short timeframe with which he had to work with. However, fans of the series who might be looking to replay the game following its release on PC may be interested to see the original performance, which was previously only accessible through initial copies bought in Japan at release prior to it being pulled from shelves.

Interestingly, SEGA previously said they had “no plans to bring Judgment to PC” which was reported to be connected to concerns about the likeness of its star Takuya Kimura, a former member of best-selling J-pop boyband SMAP. It appears that SEGA was able to overcome any concerns that might have been raised and bring the pair of games to PC players, but it certainly didn’t take long for mods to begin springing up.

If you’re interested in seeing Pierre Taki’s performance in Judgment for yourself, you can check out the Pierre Taki restoration patch on Nexus Mods.

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