"Uncharted 4" welcomes back the antagonist in Harry Flynn but the voice actor of the character will not return. Steve Valentine, the voice actor behind Harry Flynn that was seen in "Uncharted 2," didn't come back to bring life to this role. As a result, it sparked debate over the Playstation forum wherein, Arne Meyer the Communications Director of Naughty Dog, responded to the fans and those concerned.
"Looking into it, we did contact the original voice actors for the characters when we were looking to cast and record voiceover for the multiplayer characters in order to have them reprise his roles – this included Harry Flynn. This was our priority and we proceeded to try to do that across the board. In this case, we made the best efforts to make it work, but ultimately we couldn't strike a deal that both sides were satisfied with."
The actor, on the other hand, vented about the disappointment over Twitter. He also thanked the fans who missed his voice and is grateful for the support and love. He goes on and explains how voice acting and acting is a complicated business, and reminded people that he has a family to support but the studio didn't seem to understand his situation.
Acting, and voice acting is a tricky business. Private business, that shouldn't be discussed on forums by execs. very disappointed tonight— Steve Valentine (@Stevevalentine) March 7, 2016
I'll say this. This is my business it's how I support my family, my kids etc. worked my entire life at it. Some execs, don't respect that— Steve Valentine (@Stevevalentine) March 7, 2016
It really comes down 2 how much fans care about who is in their games. If they buy & play no matter what, we'll always be interchangeable.— Steve Valentine (@Stevevalentine) March 7, 2016
In related news, this incident is not the first time when fans expressed disappointment over the change of a voice actor. David Hayter, who voiced Solid Snake since the Playstation One versions, has been replaced by Keifer Sutherland in the latest installment of the "Metal Gear" games which are: "Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes" and "Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain."
This is an understandable situation that usually happens, not just in the video game industry but also in TV or movies. The takeaway here is that the developers now know how fans can easily notice the smallest of details within the game.
"Uncharted 4" comes out May 2016.