Update: Former Bayonetta 3 voice actress made it clear that she was offered over $4000 in return
Former Bayonetta 3 voice actress Hellena Taylor released a new series of tweets clarified some of what she said regarding Platinum Games’ “immoral” compensation offer to return to voice the main character in season three. These tweets follow a report from Bloomberg dismissed Taylor’s initial claims and added clarification from sources on how Jennifer Hale, the new Bayonetta voice actor, came to play the role. They also followed up with a statement released by Platinum Games that essentially asked the community to support Hale and her statement.
In Taylor’s Theme, released October 24, the voice actress says she feels “need to protect myself and my reputation in the industry” because “some people are calling me a liar.” and the goldsmith.”
Originally, Taylor said she was only offered $4,000 to return to voice Bayonetta in Bayonetta 3, the Switch hit this Friday. Now, she says the “first offer” is “too low” for a total of $10,000. She then reiterated that Bayonetta is a “$450 million franchise (excluding merchandise),” a claim that some in the industry have denied. Neither Nintendo nor Platinum Games have released confirmation that Bayonetta is a franchise worth nearly half a billion dollars. After the $10,000 offer, Taylor wrote that she wrote to Hideki Kamiya in Japanese to ask how much she was worth.
“I thought as a creator, he would understand,” she wrote in one tweet. “He replied that he appreciated my contribution to the game and how the fans wanted me to voice the game. Then I was offered an extra $5,0000!”
Taylor’s tweet reads “$5,0000”, which equates to $50,000, but apparently Taylor meant $5,000, bringing the total to $15,000. She said she later declined to voice the game and heard nothing from Platinum Games for 11 months. The studio then offered her a flat fee of $4,000 to voice some lines in the game, she wrote on Twitter, also adding that “any other lies, such as like 4,000 for 5 sessions are all fabrications”, hinting By Bloomberg Report.
“No ‘extensive negotiations’,” her tweet read. “I’ve also been informed of ludicrous fictions, such as that I’m asking for $250,000. I’m a team player. I’m only asking for a fair, living wage that is in line with the values that I’ve received. i give this game i got paid an amazingly low total of £3000 for the first game a little more for the second i want to voice her i was attracted interest in this game since I started using Twitter in 2011.”
The original story and further updates continue below…
Bayonetta 3 Platinum Games developer, former Bayonetta voice actor Hellena Taylor, was accused of demeaning with “immoral” compensation (which has since been disputed by Bloomberg reports – see original story below), reacted to the ongoing voice actor controversy surrounding its game. The studio did not directly address any of Taylor’s complaints, choosing instead to speak out in support of new Bayonetta voice actor and Taylor’s replacement, Jennifer Hale.
Here is Platinum Games’ full statement:
Original story continues below…
Original story, 10/19/22:
Over the weekend, former Bayonetta voice actress Hellena Taylor released a series of videos on Twitter explaining why doesn’t she come back to voice the main charactersays she was only offered $4,000 to perform in the game.
Taylor was replaced by acclaimed voice actress Jennifer Hale, known for her roles as the female commander Shepard in the Mass Effect series and the hero Ashe in the Overwatch series. Bayonetta Platinum Games developer told Game informant Within our cover story, this change happened due to “Many overlapping cases.” Taylor is silent on the matter, and many attribute this to the common non-disclosure agreements in the video game industry. However, on October 15, she has released many videos explains that she was offered “immoral” compensation, which caused the Internet and Bayonetta fandom to rage towards Platinum.
However, one Bloomberg story, further corroborated by Video Game Chroniclesrevealed new details that show there’s more to this story and that Taylor’s claims are believed to be untrue.
Based on By Bloomberg sources with knowledge of these events and how they unfolded, Platinum was determined to have Taylor voice Bayonetta. The studio offered her $3000 to $4000 per session to voice the character, with plans for at least five sessions including four hours in the voiceover studio (VGC’s sources say it could be as little as four sessions). Bloomberg also viewed the document to further confirm these negotiations. One of VGC’s Sources told the publication that the offer, which has a total value of about $15,000, is a significant increase over what she received for Bayonetta 2.
In response to this, Taylor is said to have asked for a six-figure payout and the rest in the game. Platinum declined the offer and, after the two sides could not come to an agreement, began holding auditions for a new voice actor. Hale was given the role. Bloomberg reports that Platinum then offered Taylor a cameo in the game, with payment for a session, but she declined.
Taylor said Bloomberg in an email that recounting these events was “an absolute lie” and that Platinum was “trying to save their ass and the game.”
“I want to put this whole bloody franchise behind me quite frankly [and] continue my life in the theater,” she wrote in the email, according to Bloomberg. Neither Platinum nor Nintendo responded to a request for comment from the publication. Taylor repeats the same sentiment with VGC in private messages, according to the publication’s story.
Bayonetta 3 hit Switch on October 28.
[Source: Bloomberg, Video Games Chronicle]