The case that broke out a week ago is about to end: PlatinumGames has said whose side it is on.
To recap briefly, Hellena Taylor, the original voice of Bayonetta (Cereza), claimed that she was offered only $4,000 for her role in Bayonetta 3, which she turned down and called for a boycott from fans. According to her, the new voice, Jennifer Hale, has no right to call herself Bayonetta. IP creator Hideki Kamiya called it a false accusation but did not respond further. Hale tried to balance the two sides, saying that while she would want us to give the game a chance, she would still see better pay for other voice actors in the gaming industry.
Then on Tuesday, Jason Schreier, writing for Bloomberg, wrote that Taylor wasn’t telling the truth, as she was reportedly offered $3-4,000 per session, and since it would have taken five sessions to record all the necessary performance, Taylor would have been paid $15-20,000, but she demanded six figures plus residuals from the sales. At that point, the Japanese studio decided to give the role to Hale, but Taylor was still reportedly wanted for a cameo role and would have been offered $4,000, which she also turned down. Taylor called the whole thing a lie but did not back up what she said, while Schreier was able to corroborate the credibility of his article with documentation and the word of other journalists.
We had to summarize all of it to get the complete picture, to which we can add the PlatinumGames statement, which follows: “We at PlatinumGames offer our sincerest appreciation to everyone who has contributed to creating the Bayonetta series over the years, as well as the community that has served as its foundation. We fully support Jennifer Hale as the new Bayonetta and align with everything in her statement. We ask people to please refrain from further comments that disrespect Jennifer or any other series’ other contributors.”
The story had the added lesson that the disparity in voice acting was also revealed. Hopefully, it won’t overshadow the success of Bayonetta 3, which will be released as a Nintendo Switch exclusive on October 28.