Judgment gets a Character Change
It isn’t uncommon to hear about some games having controversy. Last March, Sega had to make one character change to Actor Pierre Taki on his drug charge. This is a taskful decision, but a last minute decision to find a replace for Koyhei Hamura had to be made.
Judgment falls Upon a Few
IGN recently had an interview with Sega where they already stated that the character has been already replaced.
“It’s an original character this time, not a performance capture. You’ll have to wait to see what he looks like.”
It might be a bit weird to those that didn’t get a chance to see what the original actor brought to the franchise. Also if you did get a copy before the initial change, you have a rare gem now. In that, Toshihiro Nagoshi gave out details about the process of the original replacement.
First of all, we had to replace the character model and re-record all of the dialogue. But replacing the character model is only the start: We had to change all of the pre-rendered cut scenes Hamura appeared in; also, his face appears on some of the evidence that you present on your smartphone, so we had to replace those textures, and some trophies had to be changed too.
Game design is no joke to have to rework roles like that. I give them kudos even down to some minor details as mentioned.
There was an option to leave it as it was, but personally, I felt strongly that changing the character was the right decision. It’s hard to know how big the risks are. If the game had already been on sale for several years, I don’t know what the outcome would have been. But this was just three months after the Japanese release, so it was still hot, and I think that requires a sensitive approach.
Not bad on there part for getting on top of the situation and expect Judgment to be released on June 25th, 2019. You can pre-order by clicking the image below. – Beast Out –