The developer of Bayonetta 3PlatinumGames, finally issued a statement on Twitter addressing former Bayonetta voice actress Hellena Taylor’s claims that she was only offered $4,000 to reprise the titular character.
“We at PlatinumGames offer our sincerest thanks to everyone who has contributed to creating the Bayonetta series over the years, as well as the community that has served as its foundation,” PlatinumGames’ tweet reads. “We give our full support to Jennifer Hale as the new Bayonetta, and we align with everything in her statement. We ask people to refrain from any other comments that are disrespectful to Jennifer or any of the other contributors to the series.”
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— PlatinumGames Inc. (@platinumgames) October 21, 2022
The former voice actress of Bayonetta caused controversy on October 15 when she released a video series on twitter stating that he had only been offered $4,000 to reprise the role in Bayonetta 3, even after rounds of negotiation and a personal plea to PlatinumGames VP Hideki Kamiya. He claimed that Jennifer Hale, the new voice actress behind Bayonetta, “had no right to say that she is the voice of Bayonetta” and encouraged fans to boycott Bayonetta 3. This resulted in harassment towards Hale, PlatinumGames and Kamiya, who posted a strange tweet which apparently called Taylor’s videos “sad and deplorable about fake attitude.”
The situation continued to escalate, so Jennifer Hale released a statement (referenced by PlatinumGames in theirs) on October 17 where he says he supports the defense of better paid voice actors, but is under NDA and “not at liberty to speak on this situation.” Other investigations of Bloomberg Y Video Games Chronicle revealed that Taylor was reportedly offered at least $15,000 to reprise the role, but asked for a six-figure sum and residuals.
Ultimately, the initial offer from PlatinumGames, plus another offer for a smaller cameo in Bayonetta 3, was allegedly rejected by Taylor. While Bloomberg and VGC viewed the official documentation with PlatinumGames’ offer, Taylor claims it’s “an absolute lie” and proclaimed that “I’d like to put this whole bloody franchise behind me and frankly move on with my life in theater.” PlatinumGames does not address the monetary value of its offer to Taylor in its statement, so it is unknown if we will ever get official confirmation of what Taylor was actually offered.
Bayonetta 3 It will be released exclusively for Nintendo Switch on October 28.