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Sales of Judgment in Japan Halted After Actor Arrested for Cocaine Possession

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

UPDATE 22/03/19: SEGA have confirmed that the character of Kyohei Hamura will be “adjusted” for the final Western release of Judgment, but the game will not suffer a delay. All official trailers and screenshots featuring the character have been removed. The Kyohei Hamura character is likely being re-cast and will now be represented by a different actor in the Western version of the game.

Sales of Judgment have been halted in Japan after the arrest of actor Pierre Taki for cocaine possession. Known as Judge Eyes in Japan, Pierre Taki plays the character of Kyohei Hamura in the PS4 exclusive. This halt on shipments has been done voluntarily by SEGA Japan.

Judge Eyes has been on sale in Japan since December 13th 2018 and is due for a Western release on the 25th of June 2019 under the name Judgment. Presumably, this will now be delayed as the game will likely re-cast Taki’s role with another actor and then re-enter development. There is currently no word on when Judge Eyes will resume shipping or if Taki’s arrest will affect the June 2019 release of the game in the West.

Japanese companies have a habit of dealing with celebrity drug cases in quite extreme ways. It is not uncommon for actors to be entirely stripped of all association to any companies and products they publicise or work with after an arrest involving drugs.

[Source: Famitsu]

Take a Look Inside SEGA Sammy’s New Tokyo Headquarters

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

SEGA Sammy are in the process of moving to a new headquarters building in Ousaki, Tokyo. On September 11th 2018 they also held a press conference and took press on a guided tour of the new premises. The move will be completed by next month and there’s some fascinating memorabilia on display in the new building. Check out a selection of photos from inside SEGA Sammy’s new headquarters courtesy of Dual Shockers. It’s worth visiting their article on the new building as they have even more photos of the interior.

[Source: Dual Shockers]

Mega Drive Mini Delayed to 2019 – AtGames Are Off the Project

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

SEGA’s Mega Drive mini console has been delayed to 2019 in an attempt to improve the system and aim for a worldwide launch.

The system was previously being developed by AtGames who have a notorious reputation for developing clone systems that don’t perform well or emulate sound accurately. SEGA is now working with a domestic Japanese software developer but the developer has not been named at this time. The statement from SEGA Japan says the developer has “a proven track record”. Could it be M2, the developers of the SEGA Ages ports?

SEGA’s Mega Drive and Genesis mini consoles will launch together worldwide in 2019.

[Source: Polygon]

Border Break Release Date Set of August 2nd 2018 in Japan

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

The PS4 home console port of SEGA’s previously arcade exclusive title Border Break has finally been set for August 2nd 2018 in Japan.

The game will be available as a free-to-play digital release that supports micro-transactions, but a boxed copy and a paid digital version will include extra bonuses. These bonuses basically amount to various in game items like an exclusive mech (or “border”) to use, additional parts for the mech (including customisable skins) and digital currency to be used for unlocking items, weapons and mechs in the in-game shop.

Border Break is currently a Japan exclusive PS4 title set to release on August 2nd 2018.

[Source: Gematsu]

SEGA Mega Drive Mini to Release in Japan, Powered by AtGames

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

UPDATE 20:00

AtGames have now confirmed their involvement, in a tweet.

UPDATE 16:32
It appears that the SEGA Mega Drive Mini maybe different in design to the AtGames Genesis Flashback. The unit itself is much smaller that the Genesis Flashback making backwards compatibility with actual Mega Drive cartridges impossible. Could this in fact be a newly developed system by SEGA Japan? We will update this article when we learn more.

ORIGINAL POST
SEGA Japan have announced the SEGA Mega Drive Mini for Japanese release.

It is currently unclear if this is a re-release of AtGames’s SEGA Genesis Flashback HD console for the Japanese market. SEGA Games COO Kenji Matsubara had previously expressed interest in importing and selling the SEGA Genesis Flashback in Japan.

Details on the exact specifications of the SEGA Mega Drive Mini are sparse at this time, but if it is a slightly altered version of the AtGames unit, it will likely feature the same line-up of Mega Drive, Master System, Game Gear and original titles from the Genesis Flashback. It will also include backwards compatibility with existing Mega Drive games via its cartridge port, as well as HDMI out for modern televisions.

The SEGA Mega Drive Mini will launch in Japan later in 2018.

[Source: Gematsu]

New Sakura Wars Game Announced for Japan

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

A brand new Sakura Wars game has been announced for Japan. The tactical role-playing series hasn’t had a new entry since 2005’s Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love.

This new title is promised to be set in the imperial city of Tokyo in the Taisho era during 1929. No further details like release dates or what platforms the game will appear on have been revealed at this time.

[Source: Gematsu]

First Look at House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn in Action | Video Spotlight

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

The lovely people over at ThrowBack Tokyo have recorded some extensive off-screen footage of House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn in action at the recent location test in Akihabara. As the footage shows, it’s very much the House of the Dead sequel we’ve all been waiting for, complete with campy voice acting and over-the-top, zombie-shooting action. Like The House of Dead 4, the violence has been toned down somewhat, with the zombies now burning away when they’re dispatched. However, the amount of on-screen zombies has been drastically increased. Click the embed below to see for yourself:

[Source: ThrowBack Tokyo]

New House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn Arcade Game Announced for Japan

Monday, January 15th, 2018

SEGA Japan have revealed a new House of the Dead arcade title called House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn. This will be the first new House of the Dead title since The House of the Dead: Overkill in 2009 and the first Japanese-produced House of the Dead since The House of the Dead EX, also released in 2009.

Location tests start at the Akihabara Club SEGA arcade on the 19th of January 2018. There is currently no word on a Western release or a home console port at this time.

[Source: House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn Official Website]

Border Break Finally Getting a PS4 Port in 2018

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Almost 9 years after its initial release in arcades, AM2’s mech action game, Border Break is finally getting a home console port for the PS4.

Border Break first released for SEGA’s RingEdge arcade board in 2009 and despite receiving many reiterations, has stayed arcade exclusive until now. While there is no firm release date at the moment, SEGA Japan are promising a release at some point in 2018. There is currently no word on a wider release for US and European markets.

Check out the announcement trailer for the game by clicking the embed below:

There’s a Sonic Forces x Hooters Collaboration Happening in Japan

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Cross-promotional advertising campaigns and Sonic the Hedgehog are not exactly the weirdest occurance in the world. We’ve had Sonic branded Happy Meal toys, Burger King toys, toothpaste, Williams F1 cars and Life Savers hard candies so SEGA have certainly proven they like to get the Blue Blur’s face onto anything. However, you’d like to have thought that SEGA’s family friendly mascot adheres to a certain set of standards. Surely we wouldn’t see Sonic’s face on any adult-orientated products? Oh boy.

SEGA Japan have revealed a cross-promotional advertising campaigns with 3 branches of Hooters restaurants in Tokyo. If you’re not familiar with Hooters then it’s basically an American-style restaurant famous for hot wings and employing sexy waitresses with low-cut tops. The collaboration will extend to the Shibuya West, Ginza and Akasaka branches of the restaurant but it’s not exactly clear what products will actually come out of this collaboration at the moment. More is due to be revealed in the coming days and quite frankly, I’m worried.

[Destructoid]

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