Last week, Sega halted sales of PS4 exclusive Judgment after actor Pierre Taki was arrested on alleged drug charges. Taki is being replaced in various roles, and suddenly, the original release of Judgment looks like a collector’s item.
Showing just Amazon here, but since Judge Eyes sales were stopped prices for the game have jumped quite a bit.
The game was on sale just before the announcement happened, and its now delisted from PSN, though you should be able to redownload. pic.twitter.com/2L5h6AfiOd
— Game Data Library (@GameDataLibrary) March 14, 2019
When the game first came out, it was priced at 8,953 yen ($112).
— PAO(ぱお)ゲーム＠八王子店 (@PAO_game_hachi) March 14, 2019
But that was before the game was pulled. So now, when stores sell out, like this one did (above), they won’t be getting any new shipments anytime soon.
— CCタナカ (@cccctanaka5555) March 14, 2019
This has caused prices to increase. Above, on the left is a photo taken on March 13, the day that Sega announced it was pulling the game. At retailer Geo, used copies were going for 5,480 yen ($69).
The photo on the right was taken the following day, after Geo could reset its prices. The price for a used copy had jumped to 7,480 yen ($94).
— ユウ兄@ゲーム配信飯テロスキーヤー (@saiko300dai) March 16, 2019
This Twitter user remarked at how expensive the game was priced at Geo!
— 守谷武己 (@takeshi_m2001) March 15, 2019
Other shops are charging a premium on the original price. In the above tweet, it’s going for 9,241 yen ($117).
— パンナス@ボディメイク中 (@pan_nasugame) March 15, 2019
That’s actually not so bad, compared to these prices, which range from 12,980 yen ($163) to 14,567 yen ($184).
— Say Peace! (@SayPeace_) March 17, 2019
Or even 14,800 yen ($187) for a new copy.
LMFAO at someone on Mercari now trying to sell Judge Eyes for 45,000 yen! pic.twitter.com/tTh2xmlng5
— Meru ⭕ メル (@merumeruchann) March 13, 2019
Or 45,000 yen ($568)!
— あくびちゃん*88 (@Fortuna_28D) March 17, 2019
Used copies that people are reselling online are getting snapped up, and this original version is quickly becoming a collector’s item.