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It’s been a very busy weekend for Bayonetta 3 news, but unfortunately, not in a good way.

A few weeks back we learned that Jennifer Hale would be replacing Hellena Taylor as the voice of Bayonetta, and fans were wondering why. Shortly after that reveal, PlatinumGames commented on the matter, saying that, “various overlapping circumstances made it difficult for Hellena Taylor to reprise her role.” In response, Taylor took to Twitter to say she was offered a flat-fee to reprise her role as Bayonetta for the threequel, but she wasn’t happy with the amount. Finally, Platinum’s Hideki Kamiya replied on Twitter by saying, “Sad and deplorable about the attitude of untruth. That’s what all I can tell now.”

Throughout this messy situation, Jennifer Hale has remained silent on the dispute. This is likely due to an NDA with Platinum and Nintendo, and it would be very surprising to see any comment from her going forward. That said, Hale has been a bit active on Twitter since the situation arose, and a series of liked tweets certainly seem to point to Hale’s opinion on the matter.

In particular, Hale has liked a couple of tweets that make mention of Hale most likely signing an NDA for the project, and another specifically said, “Bro go harass PlatinumGames about that, Hale knew nothing.” Hale liked yet another tweet that read, “I’m not jumping to conclusions yet because we only heard [Taylor’s] side of the story (not saying she’s lying) but we don’t have the whole picture yet. I’m staying neutral until the devs come out and issue a statement.”

A number of other tweets have been liked, and rather than share them word-for-word, you can see a breakdown of the sentiments shared below.

  • a tweet that insults Platinum if the allegations from Taylor turn out to be true
  • a tweet criticizing Taylor for bringing Hale into the situation

The most interesting tweet liked by Hale is one from voice actor Benjamin Diskin. Diskin took to Twitter to comment on the typical pay structure for voice actors, and you can read it in full below.

“If anybody out there is curious what typical SAG-AFTRA VG rates are for actors, it’s approximately $1000 for a session that can last up to 4 hours. The NON-union rate is $250/hr with a 2hr minimum guarantee. There are no royalties based on game sales or anything else.”

[Benjamin Diskin, voice actor]

As to where this situation goes now, your guess is as good as ours. Whether PlatinumGames puts out a statement or tries to contact Taylor remains to be seen. All we can say is that regardless of how you feel about this situation, don’t head to social media to hurl insults at anyone involved. It’s simply best to let the parties involved work things out, and if you want to take a stance, you can do so with where you put your money.

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kuribo

Hale is at least acting more professional than Taylor or Kamiya about this whole situation.

bakfug

1M ago

This feels like way too many articles about this. Just update the first one and bump it. It's really not that pressing of an issue that it needs so many articles.


sligeach_eire

1M ago

@bakfug

Really? This is the second article on the site. Are you happy though bakfhg without starting fires?


jake_a

1M ago

@bakfug

I don't like the daily mobile game update articles, but I keep scrolling. 🤷‍♂️


It’s the second Top Story. It’s not the second story overall.


kuribo

1M ago

Hale is at least acting more professional than Taylor or Kamiya about this whole situation.


linktheviking

1M ago

@kuribo

The whole thing is a mountain of a molehill. Jennifer is right to not comment.


hawk

1M ago

It's kinda fishy... Jennifer Hale is one of the most prolific video game voice actors, and what Platinum offered her was apparently enough for her work, but not enough for Taylor. All it tells me is that we don't have all the details, and getting involved in Twitter slap fights or boycotts is premature and stupid.


Its the third and literal second back to back top article. It's not that important.


bakfug

1M ago

@jake_a

Cool, but that's also real game info and not this baby fight on twitter with a first article literally right below it on the top articles that they've already updated once.

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jake_a

1M ago

@bakfug

"... but I keep scrolling."


bakfug

1M ago

@jake_a

But the site isn't so infallible that we can't critique their posts. Again, you are comparing info about a game to expanding on a topic that we have 2 other related posts to...all within hours.

Telling someone to keep scrolling while doing the exact opposite yourself is so strange.

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jake_a

1M ago

@bakfug

Just trying to save you frustration, dude. It's a simple fix. The difference here is that I'm not frustrated. :)


mike_intellivision

1M ago

I posted in another thread on another site that we don't know all the information about this. The amount offered appears to be "scale" for the workload (which was described as 16 hours). Certainly I can see where Hellana Taylor may have expected more to reprise the part. But I can also see that Platnum (whose Hideki Kamiya has to date handled the situation badly) would not expect to pay someone who is doing the English language voiceovers only and who has not been active since the last Bayonetta (Taylor's IMDB profile shows no acting or voice work since 2014).