Travis Strikes Again... Without Robin Atkin Downes

Reported by NCZ on Wednesday, September 6th 2017

After an 8-year absence, the cult Wii game No More Heroes is returning on the Nintendo Switch, but the series's lead voice actor, Robin Atkin Downes, will not be in tow.

No More Heroes made a big splash as one of the most original and inventive games on Wii when it launched in 2007. Directed by cult game-maker Goichi Suda (aka Suda51), it attracted rave reviews in part for its fish-out-of-water premise, starring a 30-year-old otaku named Travis Touchdown who finds himself forced to kill a series of assassins after his head, allowing him to rise above them in rank.

Though the series remained dormant after a sequel in 2010, interest was regenerated once Nintendo held their Nindie Summer Showcase last week, ending with a trailer for a brand new game: Travis Strikes Again. However, some astute fans noticed a difference in Travis's voice. Indeed, Downes confirmed on Twitter that it was not his voice viewers had heard.

"Extremely disappointed...Whadaya say, bro? Join me. Let's see how far we can take this. @suda_51 #PerformanceMatters"

It's not certain that the SAG-AFTRA video game strike is the reason for Downes' replacement, although it is unlikely to be the sole direct cause. Though the game (or at least its trailer) seems to have been recorded non-union, under the direction of Jamie Mortellaro, the credits seen in the trailer indicate it was recorded at Rocketsound Studios, a non-struck company.

No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again will release on Switch next year. The game will be a collaboration with a number of independent game developers, and seemingly revolve around Travis entering the world of video games to become their number one hero.



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