Fights, Frights and Plights

Bayonetta Voice Actor Scandal

Hellena Taylor the English voice actress for Bayonetta 1 and 2 has taken to twitter regarding her absence from the 3rd game. She claims developer Platinum Games had only offered her $4K to reprise her role in the game and called for fans to boycott it in response to her treatment.  Since the claims, Bayonetta’s new voice actor Jennifer Hale (of Mass Effect fame) released a response after receiving abuse online for taking the role. While light on details due to her NDA she stated:

“As a longtime member of the voice acting community, I support every actor’s right to be paid well and have advocated consistently for this for years. Anyone who knows me, or has followed my career, will know that I have great respect for my peers, and that I am an advocate for all members of the community.”

Jason Schrier of Bloomberg filled a report on the situation in which, according to multiple sources, Taylor was actually offered $3K-$4K per recording session of which each lasts a maximum of 4 hours and was in fact offered at least a $15K contract for the Job.

Silent Hill Transmission

Konami held a streaming event to cover the future of Silent Hill. A slew of games were announced including the rumoured remake of Silent Hill 2 for PS5 and PC by Bloober Team. Silent Hill Townfall being developed by No Code in Scotland who have previously made the acclaimed Stories Untold and Observation and interestingly being published by Annapurna. Silent Hill Ascension from Genvid and Bad Robot games which will be an interactive online series where the community will make decisions that don’t just affect the story but the overall cannon of Silent Hill and finally a reveal of the mysterious Silent Hill ƒ by Neobards who have recently worked on RE: Reverse and the Resident Evil Remakes.

Additionally new silent Hill film was also revealed.   “Return to Silent Hill” is an adaptation of Silent Hill 2 and will be directed by Christopher Gans who headed the first live action film.

PS5 Jailbroken

The PS5’s security has been compromised and it is now possible to get access to the PS5’s kernel. While these methods only apply to PS5’s with firmware under 4.03 and do not yet allowed for the playing of pirated games they have led to a major victory  for the PlayStation community, Overcoming the security on the PS5 that specifically blocked Kojima’s P.T. from running on the console. Not only can the game be run on the hacked console it is then possible to transfer the game to a non-modified PS5. Game hacking aficionado Lance McDonald posted a video of the game running on PS5 on the cusp of the 2 year anniversary of news that P.T. would be deliberately blocked from ever running on the hardware.

He’s Swinging in Heaven Now

Prolific Voice actor Jan Rabson most notably known as the voice of Larry Laffer in the comedy adventure series Leisure Suit Larry has passed away. His other game credits include King’s Quest: Mask of Eternity, Sacrifice, and Thimbleweed Park. Additionally, he voiced Tetsuo in the 1990 English dub of Akira. He was 68 and the cause of death has not been released.

Upcoming Game Releases

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Switch), Second Extinction (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC), The Jackbox Party Pack 9 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4 , Xbox One, Switch, PC, iOS, Android) – October 21

Gotham Knights (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC), New Tales from the Borderlands (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC), Persona 5 Royal (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – October 22