Also, Jesper Kyd will not be returning to do the soundtrack for the new Hitman game.
David Bateson, singer, actor and eponymous voice of Agent 47 for the entire Hitman franchise, has been unceremoniously dumped by IO Interactive. Although it had previously been confirmed that amongst the cast reshuffle, it took a member of Hitmanforum to contact Bateson personally, to find out why. His response was, alarmingly, indicative of the studio dropping the actor quite unceremoniously:
ĎThe absolute truth is: no one from IO Interactive is answering my calls, e-mails or sms. Feeling very let down at the moment but I havenít heard personally.í
Considering that Batesonís voice has been one of the key aspects of the characterís persona, the rough, European rumble that picked 47 out as a cool, calm operator, it does raise questions as to whether Absolution is hoping to shift further from its roots than previously expected.
In my opinion, I say we raise a stink and see if we can get Bateson and Kyd back. Since it pretty much happened for Max Payne 3.
Originally Posted by Speedymanic
Came across this on the Hitman forum...
Jesus, what a horrible way to treat someone. :/
Hi there Mathew,
Thanks to you I now know more! I didn't even know the E3 thing had voice work on it at all.
Yeah, I won't lie. I am totally gutted. You know, IO called me in in Sept 09 and said I had to now audition for the part thanks to them hiring some LA casting director. Well, I ate my slice of humble pie and auditioned and then heard back shortly afterwards: congratulations - you got the part. I have been waiting ever since for the call to go in and record...
You know, I can even understand IOI not letting me know what's going on so as to avoid any loss of shine in the build up to the trailer premiere and then E3.
But now, after repeated mails and sms to the producer and still no reply I am lost for words.
Thanks for your support though.