Gaminformer is going crazy with Dishonored 2 info this week. They have the release date, and the June cover story. So expect them to doll out a fair amount of info on the game over the next week. Today, though, they dish out the details on the voice talent going into the game.
Dishonored 2 will be featuring the voices of Vincent D’Onofrio, Rosario Dawson, Pedro Pascal, Sam Rockwell, Jamie Hector, Robin Lord Taylor, Stephen Russell, Erica Luttrell.
There are a lot of familiar names being tapped to provide voices for Dishonored 2, much like the first game. About the only two characters being voiced by what appears to be traditional voice actors are Stephen Russel as Corvo Attano (who was silent in the first game), and Erica Luttrell as Emily Kaldwin. It’s no surprise that those are both the game’s playable characters, and presumably the two with the most amount of lines. They’re also replacing the first game’s Outsider (Billy Lush) with Robin Lord Taylor. I’m a little apprehensive about the change, but considering the Outsider’s supernatural nature, I guess it’s perfectly reasonable that he can take on different voices. So maybe Taylor can bring an interesting take on the part.
This isn’t the first game Bethesda is filling with recognizable names. They did it for the first game, too. Dishonored 1 had Chloe Morentz Grace, John Slattery, Michael Madsen, Lena Headey, and Susan Sarandon. I’m always on the fence enlisting this kind of talent for video games. For starters, most of them don’t have background in voice acting, so a lot of the time they come off as just a tad stilted. Of course that comes down to directing as much as it does acting. I feel like traditional voice actors could probably do the job just as well if not better and for a fraction of the price. But of course Bethesda would miss out on being able to say Lena Headey is in their game. Hiring familiar names for their games seems more like a marketing ploy than a legitimate effort to find the best person for the part.
There’s always surprises, though. Granny Rags, for instance. Susan Sarandon knocked that part out of the ballpark. Daud (Michael Madsen) was great, too, especially in the DLC stories featuring him as the playable character.
With that in mind, I’m willing to wait and see what talent like Vincent D’Onofrio and Sam Rockwell can do. They’re great in most anything they do. Let’s just hope they aren’t put to waste as Lena Headey and John Slattery were in the first Dishonored.