Ryu ga Gotoku Studio is currently working on bringing Judgment to gamers in the West, after being released in Japan last December, but publisher Sega has revealed (as brought to us in English by Gematsu) that they've stopped shipments and digital sales in Japan after actor Pierre Taki was arrested for using cocaine.
Taki plays Kyohei Hamura in the game, and Sega had this to say on the news of his arrest:
"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."
"Sega: discussing what to do with western release of its "Judgement" game after a related Japanese actor's arrest. No decisions made yet."
This isn't the first instance where a game has had trouble because of an actor's drug offences, as a character in Yakuza 4 had to be recast after actor Hiroki Narimiya retired in 2016, having been accused of cocaine abuse.
Have you been looking forward to Judgment's release?