Bethesda has always done a good job of picking up high price actors to voice its characters: Ron Pearlman, Patrick Stewart, Sean Bean, Liam Neeson, Malcolm MacDowell, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer. The list goes on and on of top class talent Bethesda has been able to snag over the years, and The Elder Scrolls Online will be continuing the tradition.
Bethesda has once again snagged up some of England’s most popular actors, as is required for their British accents in a fantasy world. John Cleese of Monty Python fame and Bill Nighy from Pirates of the Caribbean and Shaun of the Dead top the list as the required two old guys. If you need convincing of Bill Nighy’s fantasy credentials, check out the BBC audiobook production of Lord of the Rings in which he plays a fabulous Sam Gamgee.
Kate Beckinsale has also joined the cast, as well as “Doc Oc” Alfred Molina from Spider Man 2 and “Albus Dumbledore II” Michael Gambon in the later Harry Potter movies. His explanation of his job in the provided trailer is genius. Be sure to give it a watch.
Malcolm MacDowell returns for his second Bethesda quest after being the voice of the droning President John Henry Eden in Fallout 3. He is best known for his performance in A Clockwork Orange and If...
Being an online quest, it is not yet known how much emphasis will be put on the story to give these actors time to shine, but Bethesda has promised to deliver a full blown experience. When have they failed to make good on that?
“This extraordinary group of actors helps bring the distinctive characters in The Elder Scrolls Online to life,” said game director Matt Firor. “In The Elder Scrolls tradition, we sought world class talent to add a deep and enriching component to the immersive world the series offers players.”
Check the press release for more descriptions on the roles these characters will be playing. John Cleese will of course be a humorous character to trounce along the sidelines and Bill Nighy has been elevated to the highest seat in royalty.
The Elder Scrolls Online will be released for PC on April 4, and the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One builds are set to follow this summer.
Bethesda Softworks Announces Star-Studded Voice Over Cast for The Elder Scrolls Online
Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced the members of the renowned cast lending their voices to The Elder Scrolls Online, the highly-anticipated game arriving April 4, 2014 on PC and Mac and June 2014 for the PlayStation 4 system and Xbox One. The Elder Scrolls Online ensemble includes Academy Award nominee John Cleese (“A Fish Called Wanda,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”), Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Kate Beckinsale (“The Aviator,” “Pearl Harbor”), Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2”) and Golden Globe nominees Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”), and Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange”). In addition, Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”) returns to the Elder Scrolls series to reprise her role from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest chapter of the award-winning franchise and will bring the legendary experience online for the first time. Players can choose their own style of play as they embark upon an epic adventure across all of Tamriel, playing alone on heroic quests as in previous Elder Scrolls games, exploring the huge, rich world with a few friends, or joining with hundreds of others in massive PvP battles to save the Empire.
“This extraordinary group of actors helps bring the distinctive characters in The Elder Scrolls Online to life,” said Matt Firor, game director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “In The Elder Scrolls tradition, we sought world class talent to add a deep and enriching component to the immersive world the series offers players.”
John Cleese plays Cadwell, the cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince. Joining the cast as High King Emeric, Bill Nighy portrays a merchant prince whose luck and determination won him the throne. Kate Beckinsale takes on the role of Queen Ayrenn, the leader of the Aldmeri Dominion and Queen of the High Elves who is far more comfortable with a blade than her crown.
In addition, Alfred Molina takes on the role of Abnur Tharn, a wily old wizard and politician who is the head of the Empire’s Elder Council, and the de facto power behind the Ruby Throne. Lynda Carter plays Azura, the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn from Skyrim who is a popular part of Elder Scrolls lore. Michael Gambon voices The Prophet, a mysterious blind man who guides the player through their journey to retrieve their soul; and Malcolm McDowell plays the key figure Molag Bal, an evil Daedric god from another plane who schemes to enslave the mortal souls of Tamriel.
The Elder Scrolls Online cast also includes:
• Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) plays Jorunn the Skald King, an unexpected monarch who led his people into an unlikely alliance.
• Jim Ward (“WALL·E,” “Despicable Me 2”) voices Mannimarco, a renegade High Elf wizard exiled from the realm for raising the dead and the world’s most powerful necromancer.
• Jennifer Hale appears in the role of Lyris Titanborn, a Nord half-giant, who, along with the Prophet, aids the player on their journey..
• Kevin Michael Richardson rounds out the cast as Sai Sahan a noble martial artist and master swordsman.
The Elder Scrolls Online has been named one of the industry’s most anticipated titles for 2014 and marks a historic point for the franchise with its multiplayer online play after nearly 20 years of developing these best-selling, award-winning fantasy role-playing games for single player only. The previous chapter in this franchise was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® which was released in November 2011 and enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success. As the sequel to the 2002 Role-Playing Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Skyrim earned hundreds of ‘Game of the Year’ awards and sold over 20 million copies.
The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed for the PlayStation4 system, Xbox One, PC, and Mac by ZeniMax Online Studios. The studio is headed by industry veteran Matt Firor who has more than 20 years of online game development experience. Working with Matt is a team of highly regarded professionals who have created some of the best known online games ever released.