Reports from Hitmanforum.com say that developer IO Interactive has dropped voice actor David Bateson, the original voice of Agent 47 throughout the Hitman series, from their new title Hitman: Absolution. The game is a continuation of the series, but this does raise questions as to how far the new entry will stray from its roots. Jesper Kyd, who scored the previous Hitman games, will not be returning as well.
Surprisingly, Bateson seems to be as in the dark as every one else regarding this situation. It took fans at the Hitman forum to garner a response from the voice actor.
“The absolute truth is: no one from IO Interactive is answering my calls, e-mails or sms,” Bateson said. “Feeling very let down at the moment but I haven’t heard personally.”
This is an excerpt from the letter he supposedly posted on the forum:
“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,” he said. “After repeated mails and sms to the producer and still no reply, I am lost for words.”
I tried to get on the Hitman forum to verify this report, but was unable to do so. I would find it unlikely that there is someone out there who is impersonating Bateson so this report is probably accurate. This is the petition that is trying to get Bateson his role back.