After outcry from fans, Mad Max‘s Australian accent is coming back, according to a tweet from an Avalanche Studios executive today.
Avalanche Studios, best known for the Just Cause games, announced Mad Max during the Sony conference at this year’s E3, immediately igniting fan imagination of what was to come from the well-loved property making the jump to gaming. The game has, unfortunately, had a rough go so far as what little information is available first confused, then outraged, fans.
Originally the game was thought to be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, but Avalanche put that rumor to rest right away. The longer lasting problem has been one of voice. Australia isn’t known for its film industry, but Mad Max is one of the country’s hallmark titles. The outback setting makes it distinctly Aussie and the film’s influence on later dystopian movies and games means any changes to the formula will happen under the microscope.
Thusly, when word leaked that Mad Max himself would have an American accent, fans of film and game were outraged, and rightfully so. Pitchforks were retrieved and petitions were started, and word has come down from on high at Avalanche Studios:
Attn. fans who want Max to have an Aussie accent in #MadMaxGame : It shall be so. We admire your loyalty. You have been heard.
— Christofer Sundberg (@CHSundberg) July 2, 2013
The outcry was initially met with excuses about this being a new take on the character, but changing Mad Max‘s accent robs him of a part of his identity, and Avalanche was right to restore it. Here’s hoping they can find the right guy for the role in time for the game’s 2014 release.