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Voice Actor Of Fire Emblem Three Houses Male Avatar Recast

by Donald Theriault - July 26, 2019, 4:54 am EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Fire Emblem Heroes

Will the change get locked in for the Lunatic difficulty update, or will they wait for the next round of DLC? UPDATED: Received statement from Nintendo of America

Following confessions of emotional and physical abuse, the voice of the male player character in Fire Emblem: Three Houses has been recast.

As discussed on last night's Nintendo News Report, Chris "Kirbopher" Niosi was originally cast as the voice of the male version of Byleth in Three Houses. Niosi has confessed to multiple incidents of abuse toward friends and loved ones, both physical and emotional, which caused a fan outcry when he was revealed as the voice actor by way of a datamine for Fire Emblem Heroes on Monday. One of the incidents described involved bragging to a victim about his role as Byleth, in violation of a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) signed by all Three Houses voice actors that expired last week. It is not clear if the expiration was planned, or if Nintendo released the other actors following the allegations.

Originally, Niosi's credit was struck from Heroes in an out-of-cycle update yesterday. A new trailer for Male Byleth in Heroes was released overnight, with the voice actor credited to Zach Aguilar (JoJo's Bizzare Adventure, One Punch Man, Judgment). The distribution of Byleth in Fire Emblem Heroes, which actually began yesterday for players who preloaded the digital version of Three Houses, has been temporarily suspended pending the change.

UPDATE: In a statement to NWR, Nintendo of America confirmed that Niosi's voiceover will also be replaced in a future update to Three Houses. The full statement is as follows:

"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."


EnnerJuly 26, 2019

That was quick.

Well, as quick as it appears it can be when Nintendo or whoever they hired for the voice overs didn't notice the issues at the time of hiring. To be a bit fair to them, not sure how they could figure that out or if that's a thing they should look deeply for.

Then again, I'm still of the mindset that its really icky to search the name of a not-that-very-public person on the internet. Something that an employer would probably have absolutely no qualms about.

The confession came out very recently - at the very least, around the time the game went gold. So even if they did their homework beforehand, a Googling wouldn't have turned up the issues.

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterJuly 27, 2019

I wish I could say I'm surprised that Kirbopher turned out to be an abusive POS but he seemed to be pretty buddy-buddy with that Psyguy fellow who was also an abusive POS so I kind of mentally prepared myself for this revelation without even realizing it.

ShyGuyJuly 27, 2019

I'm not sure what good replacing him does. I'm sure he was already paid for his work.

EnnerJuly 27, 2019

Quote from: ShyGuy

I'm not sure what good replacing him does. I'm sure he was already paid for his work.

It's a matter of record at this point.
The credits will change, and that still means a little something. Especially if curious people will ask why the change happened.

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