Voice actress Hellena Taylor is well known for her work voicing the popular video game character Bayonetta, so you can imagine the fans’ surprise when it was announced that she would not be returning to voice the character for Bayonetta 3.
Instead Jennifer Hale would be stepping into the role, Hale is known for her previous work such as voicing the female version of Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect franchise.
At the time, Platinum Games claimed that the reason for the replacement was due to “overlapping circumstances” which made it difficult for Taylor to voice the character again. However, Hellena Taylor has now taken to Twitter to post a three-part thread in which she details her side of events.
— Hellena Taylor (@hellenataylor) October 15, 2022
Taylor claims that rather than scheduling differences being the reason why she is no longer voicing the character, instead it was a matter of what Platinum Games offered to pay her for reprising her role.
The videos explain that Taylor auditioned for the role again and “passed with flying colours” but after this received an “insulting” offer of a flat rate of $4000 to voice the character in the third instalment of the franchise. According to Taylor, the Bayonetta franchise has made more than $450 million and that does not include the addition of merch sales.
Bayonetta has spoken
Taylor commented on the offer saying, “This is an insult to me, the amount of time I took to work on my talent and everything that I have given to this game and the fans.” Taylor went on to say “I am asking the fans to boycott this game and instead spend the money that you would have spent on this game, donating it to charity”
Taylor stated that she understands if fans do not boycott the game but for those that “care about the world around them” she urges that they choose not to buy the game.
Taylor also commented on how the situation impacted her mental health as it had resulted in anxiety and depression before candidly stating that the stresses of the situation and fear for her future had led to some suicidal thoughts.
“I didn’t want the world, I didn’t ask for too much, I was just asking for a decent dignified living wage. What they did was legal, but it was immoral,” Taylor goes on.
In the final video uploaded to Twitter Taylor mentions that she had sent a letter to Hideki Kamiya of Platinum Games to ask him for what she felt her work was worth, this being the source of the $4000 offer.
Following this Hideki Kamiya’s Twitter was suspended sometime after the release of these videos due to mass blocking on the app. It now appears as though Kamiya has deleted the account.