a new rumor suggests SEGA could end the Judgment series with the second title after a dispute with one of the actors’ talent agency.
According to an article by a Japanese showbiz site called Nikkan Taishu, the reporter interviewed a person familiar with the situation. It was revealed that SEGA planned to release Lost Judgment on PC via Steam to further expand the audience of the series. The only problem was that progatonist-actor Takuya Kimura’s talent agency prevented them from doing so.
This may be strange to someone outside of Japan, but Kimura’s agency, Johnny’s Entertainment, has a very strict policy on the right to likeness. What this meant was that their talents had to have limited photos, even on the internet, and that includes games. SEGA doesn’t think this is reasonable from a business point of view, which is why they might just stop making a third sequel if things don’t improve.
You may be wondering “why stop at PC if it was allowed on consoles?” Here is the rough text of the report:
ャ ニ ー ズ は, レ ン ト 肖像 権 が 厳 し く, 画像 の ネ 展開 だ と ど ま っ て い ま す.ゲ ー ム 機 の ソ フ ト で は な く, イ ン タ ー ネ ッ ト 結 る パ ソ コ の プ る こ と と 問題 視で し ょ う か.
Reddit users say the talent agency states they have a “very strict equal rights policy, they don’t want portraits of their talents on a PC platform that isn’t a games console platform and connects directly to the internet. Yes, that’s what it is.” says and it’s ridiculous for people outside of Japan According to another Reddit user this is very typical Japanese idol thing which is like not being in a relationship when you come to their desk Of course they appear in ads, TV shows, commercials and more, but these are heavily controlled by JE.
Some western fans are outraged by this, but with how strict these agencies are, it’s very likely that Judgment’s potential sequels will no longer be developed.
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