Sega has made a rather hilarious slip-up with the new Yakuza 6: The Song of Life demo on PlayStation 4. The 30GB demo went live earlier this week, and it took Sega until yesterday evening to realise that players had found out a way to unlock the entire game some two months before its launch.
The demo of Yakuza 6 was labeled as a trial, but as the whopping download size makes pretty clear, there was a lot more included with the demo than a small portion of the game. While the trial was supposed to end at a certain point in the demo, this didn’t happen, for North American users at least.
“We apologize, but have had to remove the Yakuza 6: The Song of Life demo from the PlayStation Store,” tweeted Sega. “We are as upset as you are, and had hoped to have this demo available for everyone today. We discovered that some were able to use the demo to unlock the full game. We’re looking into the nature of the issue. Thank you for your patience.” Uhuh, I’m sure everybody was hugely upset.
Since the error, Sega has whipped down the offending Yakuza 6 demo, so the gig’s up if you haven’t grabbed it yet. For those that have, it’s a simple case of unplugging your PS4 from its network connection and therefore preventing Sega from disabling it. You’ll ten be free to play the entire game to your heart’s content, (almost) guilt-free!
I can't ever recall something quite like this happening before, at least with a game of this scale. With a full two months to go until Yakuza 6's April 17th release date, that's some slip-up.
Have you ever seen a publisher mess up in this way before? Let us know!