Nintendo Replaces Fire Emblem: Three Houses Voice Actor Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

The new voice work will go live in an upcoming patch.

By Angela Marrujo Fornaca. Posted 07/30/2019 00:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is being lauded as one of the best entries in series’ history and has launched to critical acclaim. Unfortunately, the game has also faced some controversy on launch.

The English dub of the game’s male protagonist, Byleth, is voiced by Chris Niosi, who has worked on a number of anime series and games, including Octopath Traveler and Tales of Zestiria. Niosi has been accused multiple times of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault by former partners, who allege he had “implied permission” to do whatever he wanted to them.

When it was revealed that Niosi was Byleth’s voice actor, the allegations resurfaced; Niosi then took to his professional tumblr account to post a lengthy apology to his accusers and others he says he has hurt, confirming the allegations.

Nintendo had recently revealed that Niosi would be voicing Byleth in the mobile title Fire Emblem Heroes and released a character trailer with voice credit given to Niosi, but that trailer has been replaced with a new one featuring Byleth voiced by Zach Aguilar, who is known best for his role as Genos in the anime One Punch Man.

Nintendo has now confirmed that they will also be replacing Niosi as Byleth in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. “After assessing the situation, we decided to re-record the character’s voiceovers in Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Fire Emblem Heroes with another actor. The new voiceovers will be included in a future patch.”

Source: Game Informer

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