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Hellena Taylor Effectively Confirms Most of the Reports Against Her in Bayonetta 3 Dispute

Twitter lies admission - Hellena Taylor admits she was offered more money by PlatinumGames than $4,000 to voice Bayonetta in Bayonetta 3, confirming a Bloomberg report.

The weirdest saga in recent video game history has seemingly come to a close — and in an appropriately weird way. Original Bayonetta voice actor Hellena Taylor has again taken to Twitter, ostensibly to dispel lies about Bayonetta 3 circulating about her following a report from Bloomberg, but she has actually ended up corroborating several key details of the Bloomberg report. Hellena Taylor admits that PlatinumGames offered her at least $10,000 to voice Bayonetta in Bayonetta 3, and then Platinum upped its offer to $15,000 when she asked for more money. When negotiations fell through and 11 months had passed, Taylor says she was offered $4,000 to voice a smaller role in Bayonetta 3, a role she declined.

What is striking about these admissions is that, prior to today, Taylor had only ever mentioned being offered $4,000 to voice Bayonetta in Bayonetta 3, which we now know to be a serious distortion of the facts, intentional or not. She had effectively cast PlatinumGames (and, by extension, studio cofounder Hideki Kamiya) as a villain that lowballed her talents. And frankly, it is still possible to argue that Taylor was being lowballed at $15,000, but the cagey manner in which she offered information about this situation casts her in a poor light.

Hellena Taylor continues to claim the Bayonetta franchise is worth $450 million without merchandise, but that just sounds impossible considering Bayonetta 2, the more successful of the two games released so far, sold seemingly between 1 and 2 million units. Taylor also rejects the idea that she ever asked for $250,000 to voice Bayonetta in Bayonetta 3 when she sought more money, but this feels like misdirection because the Bloomberg report only stated that she asked for a six-figure salary, not for a specific $250,000.

Again, it’s not necessarily fair to treat Hellena Taylor as a maniacal villain after all of this information has come to light, but it’s inarguable that she went about voicing her concerns about Bayonetta 3 in a deceptive way and was apparently misinformed in some respects. It’s up to the audience to decide how to approach Taylor and Bayonetta 3 now, but frankly, Taylor’s future in voice acting looks bleak at the moment.

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John Friscia
Former Managing Editor at The Escapist. I have been writing about video games since 2018 and editing writing on IT, project management, and video games for around a decade. I have an English degree, but Google was a more valuable learning resource. I taught English in South Korea for a year in 2018, and it was exponentially more fun than living in Pennsylvania. My major passions in life are SNES, Japanese RPGs, Berserk, and K-pop. I'm currently developing the game Boss Saga with my brother, which is guaranteed to change your life and you should buy it.