Video Game Voice Actors To Strike?

Any interesting story is developing in the video game world, where voice actors are currently voting on a strike to help bring a resolution to the way they are paid.

Members of the SAG-AFTRA acting union have been voting on a potential strike in order to resolve a number of issues with major publishers, but the main demand revolves around how voice actors are paid. The union is requesting that their members receive a “backend bonus”, something that is already becoming more popular in the film industry. This simply means a smaller upfront fee but, in return, the voice actor will get future royalties when a game reaches certain sale milestones. I completely agree that this is how they should be paid. These major publishers like EA, Ubisoft and Activision are billion dollar companies, and they should recognise that a big part of a game’s success can revolve around an actor’s performance.

Following the recent cinematic trailer we got of Fireteam Osiris in Halo 5: Guardians, it was only a matter of time before the Blue Team arrived. In the latest trailer we see the famous Blue Team, led by Master Chief as they look to wipeout the Covenant on board of a lost ONI research facility. Ok so it may not have the same high-intensity action of Fireteam Osiris’ trailer, but I think this was intentional to show the difference between the two teams — tactical vs. firepower. Also, that music…the classic Halo theme can be heard and it really got me in the mood for this game. Only one month to go!

What’s that you say, you want another remaster announcement? Well today is your lucky day as Quantic Dreams has confirmed, via Twitter, that both Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls are coming to the PS4, and their release dates will be confirmed shortly. As a French studio, I would say that Paris Games Week is a good bet for these announcements and, if we are really lucky, we might even see details on Quantic Dream’s next game, which is currently in development for PS4. Heavy Rain was a fantastic PS3 game, so I strongly recommend you keep an eye on this.

Returning to the Xbox side of the news, and what must appear to be my favourite service — EA Access — is getting another game added to the vault. EA confirmed, via Twitter, that Battlefield: Hardline will be the latest addition, and will arrive in October. I never got round to playing this cops and robbers shooter, so I am quite interested to see how the campaign holds up. Seeing as it is free, it would be rude not to check it out one weekend.

Remember when Xbox One owners discovered that Rock Band 4 would require an adaptor for your old instruments, and it came at a cost of £16? Well Harmonix has now revealed some slightly more positive news for Xbox gamers. If you head on over to the Xbox Store and pre-order the game, you will get yourself 12 extra tracks to rock out to. These include songs from artists such as Linkin’ Park, All That Remains, and Marilyn Manson. I guess you could now say that these extra songs are actually equal to the value of the adapter…provided that you actually want all 12 songs that are on offer.

Just one more day to go!

Matt