Male Byleth Lines Being Re-Recorded in Fire Emblem: Three Houses After Controversy, Nintendo Confirms
The former Byleth voice actor will be patched out by a new one.
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After quietly being replaced in Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo has confirmed in a statement to USgamer that it will be re-recording and replacing lines for Male Byleth in Fire Emblem: Three Houses as well. This comes after allegations arose last week over the voice actor's abusive behavior.
"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," Nintendo of America says.
Voice actor Chris Niosi was originally set to voice the male version of Fire Emblem: Three Houses protagonist Byleth. But last week, several allegations were levied against the voice actor on social media, prompting a response from Niosi apologizing for his actions.
Zach Aguilar took over Byleth's voice lines in Fire Emblem Heroes, and should presumably step in for Fire Emblem: Three Houses as well, though we have asked Nintendo for confirmation on that. You can hear Aguilar's take on Male Byleth in a recent Fire Emblem Heroes promo video. This is the second case in 2019 of a major voice actor swap, alongside the swap-out of actor Pierre Taki in Judgement following a drug charge.
Aside from this dust-up, we've been enjoying our time with Fire Emblem: Three Houses. If you're looking for guides to getting started, whether which house to pick or how to win students over to your house of choice, be sure to check out our guides section.