Who among us hasn’t accidentally shipped code with a massive, fundamental error in it? Probably anyone that hasn’t done development before, I would imagine – but regardless, the struggle is real. Deadlines rush up and things don’t get tested and all of a sudden – boom – you’ve released a demo copy of your game that is, in fact, the full game.

Having done exactly that, SEGA had to withdraw the demo of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life from the US PlayStation Store before canny users managed to play the whole game both free and quite a way ahead of its planned mid-April release.

SEGA released a statement on their Twitter account saying that they’re looking into what the hell happened:

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.

Well done to the lucky ducks who managed to get in before they yanked it.

Image: SEGA