What is the out-of-universe reason Bumblebee lost his voice in Fall of Cybertron? (It's his starting state: not an event that occurs mid-story.)

I was originally curious what the in-universe reason was, but that's apparently answered already here on TFormers.com.

Now I'm curious why this was decided upon out-of-universe.

The cynic in me thinks this was to align the War for/Fall of Cybertron universe with the loathsome Bayverse. I'm tempted to go on a rant on how unnecessary and detrimental that was to an otherwise well-done, loving homage to the G1 Transformers, but I'll stop myself short.

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    I'm confused what you mean by an out of universe reason... If there is an in universe reason for it to happen then out of universe they have to "make it so" to align with the story being told. Maybe I'm not seeing the question correctly here, but it seems obvious to me... – Odin1806 Mar 27 at 20:14
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    @Odin1806 It seems like they are operating on the assumption that the in-universe reason was actually only added due to out-of-universe interests. I don't know if there's enough evidence of that happening to justify the question; but that's how I understand the motivation. – JMac Mar 27 at 20:22
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    @Odin1806 - War for Cybertron was stylistically an homage to the G1 Transformers - so the characters were visually reminiscent of the 80s cartoon characters, and their voices and personalities were similarly aligned. Nowhere in that (cartoon) continuity has Bumblebee been without a voice. However, voiceless Bumblebee is a defining characteristic of the bayverse Transformers. So my question is why was this bayverse trait grafted into what was otherwise perceived to be a G1 homage? I believe the in-universe reason follows an out-of-universe decision - not the other way around. – StoneThrow Mar 27 at 20:32
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    @StoneThrow - Gotcha, I see your reasoning now. I remember playing both of those games, but not enough to remember that Bee did not have a voice... I thought there was a scene or two that he did, but I could be remembering only the scenes from War... either way I am too far removed from them now to be of help to you... good luck... – Odin1806 Mar 27 at 20:51
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    @Odin1806 - You're right about Bee having a voice in War. In fact, he had his voice all the way through that game. I just recently started Fall, and as I noted, he's already voiceless at the start of the game. There's a throwaway line from Ratchet when he's evaluating Bee after the hit he took in the intro cutscene: "...voice chip still broken, but that's nothing new" To me, making Bee voiceless feels like an awkward and unnatural grafting of bayverse Bee into G1-homage-verse Bee. But I promised to not let myself rant. :) – StoneThrow Mar 27 at 21:20

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