The move isn’t all that shocking, but it should come as no surprise to anyone that JonTron was going to see some kind of pushback from his commentary. Unlike others who have lost creative ventures, this one is going to sting a little more in the creative side than the financial side. The YouTube star has been removed as a voice actor in the upcoming Yooka-Laylee release. The news broke earlier today on GameIndustry.biz as Playtonic revealed their decision to do so.
“JonTron is a talented video presenter who we were initially, two years ago, happy to include as a voice contributor in our game. However, in light of his recent personal viewpoints we have made the decision to remove JonTron’s inclusion in the game via a forthcoming content update. We would like to make absolutely clear that we do not endorse or support JonTron’s personal viewpoints and that, as an external fan contributor, he does not represent Playtonic in any capacity. Playtonic is a studio that celebrates diversity in all forms and strives to make games that everyone can enjoy. As such, we deeply regret any implied association that could make players feel anything but 100% comfortable in our game worlds, or distract from the incredible goodwill and love shown by our fans and Kickstarter backers.”
The game itself is a Kickstarter venture, formed by several key figures who used to work at Rare during the N64 days, with the game’s art design and gameplay being a throwback to that era. No doubt JonTron was picked as a cast member based off his personality and gaming knowledge, as well as his passion for Banjo-Kazooie. The game itself will be released on April 11, no word yet as to what they’ll be doing for a replacement voice in the game.