Fans of Yakuza spin-off Judgment and of Japanese actors who’ve been naughty will be pleased to hear that there’s a mod to restore the voice and likeness of Pierre Taki to the game. Taki-san's performance as character Kyohei Hamura was removed from the Japanese version of Judgment after he was arrested for possession and use of cocaine in 2019, never making it to the West. Now, the Judgment Pierre Taki Restoration Patch finally brings the scrubbed actor back for the very first time, over here at least.
Judgment wasn’t available on PC until this month, when Sega finally released the whole series to date on Steam. Modders have essentially ported the PS4 version of Pierre Taki over to the Steam version, which you can find over on NexusMods. Taki portrayed Hamura, a captain of the Matsugane family, who are members of the Tojo clan. They’re the massive crime family that Yakuza protagonist Kazuma Kiryu was part of. Due to his arrest, Taki’s performance as Olaf in the Japanese version of Kingdom Hearts III was scrapped too – couldn’t they let it go?
Devs Ryu Ga Gotoku are pretty busy working on more Yakuza games, except the series is now called Like A Dragon everywhere to match the Japanese moniker. Three games in the long-running series are releasing over the next few years, starting with historical remake Like A Dragon: Ishin! in February. Also coming in 2023 is the Kiryu-starring Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, possibly the best name for a game I’ve ever seen, and certainly one of the longest. Expected out in 2024 is the next mainline Yakuza game, Like A Dragon 8.