Kingdom Hearts III Update to Change Olaf's Japanese Voice

By Rebecca Smith, 10 days ago
KINGDOM HEARTS III has done well since its release at the start of the year. However, publisher Square Enix has felt the need to take action to remove the voice of one of the actors from the Japanese dubbing after the actor was arrested for drug use, to prevent the image of the game from being tarnished.

Kingdom Hearts III screenshot

Pierre Taki, whose real name is Masanori Taki, is the actor who voices Olaf in the Frozen world of Arendelle. According to The Mainichi, the 51-year-old actor was arrested for use of cocaine on Tuesday. Following a tip off, the police searched the actor's car and failed to find any evidence of the drug, but then a resulting a urine sample tested positive leading to his arrest. Police are now trying to ascertain how often the actor may use the drug and from where he obtained it. Japan has a strong stance on drug use and the crime can come with a sentence of up to seven years.

Following the arrest of the actor, Square Enix has issued a statement that they will be releasing a patch to replace the Japanese voice of Olaf in the game. Further details of the patch, including its release window, will be released at a later date.

The decision follows SEGA's removal of Judgment from sale and distribution in Japan while they decide what's best for replacing the actor in that title, where he plays the role of yakuza Kyohei Hamura. The western version of that game was due to be released in June, although the publisher was still making a decision whether that version of the title would be affected.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.