Sega today blocked its U.S. PlayStation Store demo for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, after it became clear that the company had accidentally made the full game available for free.
The demo was designed to include the full game, with only the first few sections available for play. But some users found that Sega had neglected to implement appropriate locking mechanisms for the main bulk of the game. They were able to enjoy the entire game for free.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is the latest game in the combat-adventure series, set among underworld criminals in Japan. Launched in Japan late last year, it is due for U.S. and worldwide release on PlayStation 4 on April 17.
Sega issued a statement from its Twitter account: “We apologize, but have had to remove the Yakuza 6: The Song of Life demo from the PlayStation Store. 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.”
We’ve contacted Sega and will update this story as events unfold.