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NARUTO X BORUTO Ultimate Ninja STORM CONNECTIONS recently launched on Switch and just about every other platform, giving Naruto fans a whole-new experience to enjoy. Unfortunately, at least on the voice acting side of things, it seems there’s a lot left to be desired.

As we shared last week, fans took to X to share videos of NARUTO X BORUTO Ultimate Ninja STORM CONNECTIONS in action, specifically highlighting the voice acting. For whatever reason, it seems there’s some incredibly strange line reads for various characters, with emphasis and approach being completely out of whack with what’s going on in-game. Turns out even the voice actors themselves were surprised with the cuts.

Maile Flanagan, the voice of Naruto, is just one actor completely baffled by some of the line reads you hear in NARUTO X BORUTO Ultimate Ninja STORM CONNECTIONS. Another longtime Naruto voice actor, Michael Schwalbe, also chimed in with dismay at the situation. With these comments from the voice actors themselves, it appears there’s been some kind of major miscommunication between the various departments handling voice work on NARUTO X BORUTO Ultimate Ninja STORM CONNECTIONS. Thankfully, we now have an answer straight from Bandai Namco.

Following the backlash from fans and actors alike, Bandai Namco has released a statement explaining the problem. Furthermore, the studio plans to fix these voice issues through a free patch sometime down the road. You can see their complete statement on the matter below.

Regarding the reports about several voice over lines in NARUTO X BORUTO Ultimate Ninja STORM CONNECTIONS, Bandai Namco Entertainment can confirm that the lines in question were not AI generated, but the result of inconsistencies during the editing/mastering process. We regret that this raised a concern with Naruto fans and the voice acting community. We are currently working to fix the voice lines in question, which will be patched in the near future.

[Bandai Namco representative]

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