The now-public spat between original Bayonetta voice actress Hellena Taylor and Platinum Games shows little sign of ending. Hellena Taylor alluded to breaking her NDA with Platinum Games when she announced destitute and publicly revealed that she was offered a flat fee of $4,000 to work on the entire title. The original voice actress, who has two Bayonetta titles under her belt, has called for the title to be boycotted. Some fans have become aggressive towards Platinum Games developers on Twitter, harassing developers and staff indiscriminately.
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Studio-chosen new voice actress Jennifer Hale tries to calm the growing unrest in a public Twitter message. In the message, Jennifer advocates fair pay and treatment for voice actors, reminding fans that the entire game is made up of “a whole team of hard-working, dedicated people” and asking fans to keep an open mind.
Meanwhile, reports from Platinum Games and original voice actor Hellena Taylor have become increasingly conflicting. Platinum stated in an interview with Bloomberg that the original voice actress was offered a payment of between “$3,000 and $4,000” per session, with a minimum of five recording sessions initially planned. Platinum Games states that the original voice actress then began negotiating a “six-figure fee” along with final payments, causing the deal to fall apart.
Hellena Taylor responded to Bloomberg in an email, stating that Platinum Games’ story was fabrication and they were “trying to save their ass and the game”. Jennifer Hale has also received a hefty dose of internet-based toxicity from fans fueled by Hellena’s original viral videos, leading her to criticize a lack of critical thinking being taught in schools.
Bloomberg states that it privately viewed Platinum Games’ supplemental documentation, which supports the idea that Hellena Taylor’s video didn’t tell the full story. With no additional documentation leaking from either side, however, Nintendo’s forthcoming Bayonetta 3 appears to be set to release on October 28, 2022 amid a cloud of controversy.
https://www.gamepur.com/news/conflicting-reports-over-pay-dispute-surface-as-bayonetta-3-voice-actor-controversy-escalates Conflicting reports of pay disputes surface as the Bayonetta 3 voice actor controversy escalates