Jon Jafari (JonTron) is known as a big fan of Banjo-Kazooie, so much so that he was set to receive a voice cameo in the upcoming spiritual successor, Yooka-Laylee. However, due to his recent controversial statements over social media, Playtonic has now decided against including Jafari’s voice clips in the game. Below you can read Playtonic’s response on the matter, which was received from gamesindustry.biz:
“JonTron is a talented video presenter who we were initially, two years ago, happy to include as a voice contributor in our game. However, in light of his recent personal viewpoints we have made the decision to remove JonTron’s inclusion in the game via a forthcoming content update. We would like to make absolutely clear that we do not endorse or support JonTron’s personal viewpoints and that, as an external fan contributor, he does not represent Playtonic in any capacity. Playtonic is a studio that celebrates diversity in all forms and strives to make games that everyone can enjoy. As such, we deeply regret any implied association that could make players feel anything but 100% comfortable in our game worlds, or distract from the incredible goodwill and love shown by our fans and Kickstarter backers.”
Yooka-Laylee is planned to release on April 11th for PS4, Xbox One, & PC, with a Nintendo Switch version coming later this year.