As we reported yesterday, EA's offices were picketed early this morning. It's all part of the voice actors' guild strike, which is targeting 11 companies that includes Activision, Insomniac Games, Disney, and more.
But the strike doesn't affect every game, only those that went into production after February 17, 2015. And as you'd expect, quite a few of those projects haven't been announced yet.
Some of the projects hit by the strike are games you'll know and recognise off the bat. It's all listed in a document on SAG-AFTRA's website.
Some of the prominent and more obvious titles include Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare; the Crash Bandicoot Remaster Project; Fifa 17; Hockey 17 and Hockey 18, which you'd presume to be the NHL series given that EA is marked as the publisher; LEGO Star Wars; Injustice 2; marketing trailers for the Uncharted Collection; Shadowrun: Hong Kong; the Oculus Rift bundled title, Lucky's Tale; Brothers In Arms and Kingdom Hearts 2.8.
But there's also a string of codenames for projects that, quite clearly, haven't been announced yet.
Here's some of the projects EA has got in the can, for instance:
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Insomniac has got four projects affected by the strike as well:
Of course, these projects might have been announced already — but the voice actors won't know, since studios often don't tell them. It's one of the points of contention between the voice actors' guild and the video game companies: if the voice actors and their agents don't know what projects they're working on, they're unable to adequately prepare, schedule, or negotiate their remuneration.
But what's just as interesting as the games affected by the strike is the ones that aren't, which is also listed on the SAG-AFTRA site:
It's good to see that Mass Effect 4 is continuing apace, although the inclusion of Call of Duty 2016 is ... interesting. It could mean that the Call of Duty 4 remaster didn't begin production until February 17, 2015, although the inclusion of IW7 & COD 2016 would indicate two games, not one.
It's also nice to see that the Saints Row project isn't affected, although that's probably just Agents of Mayhem, a new project from Volition due out next year. And I'd love to know what the hell Walrus is. Anyone want to take any bets?