Mere weeks after the Judgment and Lost Judgment games landed on PC finally, we’ve learned a mod surfaced that re-adds a character’s likeness that stirred controversy in Japan.
The new mod (via Nexus Mods) re-adds the likeness of Japanese actor/musician Pierre Taki as Kyohei Hamura, who was recast by Sega quickly after news broke that he was arrested for possession and use of cocaine.
For those unaware – Japan has extremely strict laws on drugs, as well as their near zero-tolerance management in the entertainment industry. The latter of which tends to blacklist actors or performers entirely if they run into criminal charges, not just drugs but also tax evasion, adultery, and other controversial topics.
It’s worth noting the mod is based on a mod for the original PS4 version, which would naturally require a modded/homebrew PS4. Since most users aren’t willing to jailbreak their PS4, this is naturally the easiest way to mod the original actor back into the game – in its native PC release.
Here’s a video featuring the mod in action:
The original mod was created under the creator) saying they “stand against both censorship and cancel culture.” If only mod hosting site Nexus Mods felt the same way, it seems only certain themes or topics are allowed when it comes to combating “censorship and cancel culture.”
When Judgment was released in Japan it had Pierre Taki as Hamura, but when news of his drug charges dropped Sega also dropped him from the game. They quickly re-released the game in Japan as Judge Eyes: New Price Version, and the western release was naturally based on this version.