Bioware is one company that takes its voiceover work seriously. For Star Wars: The Old Republic, Bioware hired over 100 actors to voice over 40 novels worth of written material. And now Bioware has announced that it has hired several top-notch voice actors for the heavily-anticipated sci-fi sequel, Mass Effect 2.
Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of Bioware and Group General Manager of the RPG/MMO Group of EA, reasoned that,
“[e]motionally engaging narrative is a key design pillar for Bioware, and the top-notch voice talent in Mass Effect 2 helps drive this goal. Credible, powerful personalities are vital to delivering a compelling story experience in Bioware’s games, and we have assembled an amazing ensemble cast that surpasses the very high bar set in the original Mass Effect!”
Martin Sheen (The West Wing, Apocalypse Now) stars as the mysterious Illusive Man who commands Cerberus, a secretive paramilitary organization dedicated to protecting human interests in the galaxy. Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) voices Cerberus operative Miranda Lawson, who has been genetically engineered for superior mental and physical traits. Seth Green (Austin Powers, Robot Chicken) and Keith David (Crash) return from the original Mass Effect as Joker and Admiral David Anderson, respectively.
Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) is EDI, the voice of the new Normandy. Carrie-Ann Moss (The Matrix Trilogy) plays Aria T’Loak, the crime lord who rules the planet Omega. Rounding out the cast is Emmy winner Shohreh Aghdashloo, who provides the voice of Admiral Shala’Raan vas Tonbay, Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica) as Captain Bailey, Adam Baldwin (Chuck, Firefly) as Kal ‘Reegar, and Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) as Gatatog Uvenk.
How excited are you about Bioware’s choices for the voice cast bringing the characters and story to life for Mass Effect 2?
Mass Effect 2 will be available on the Xbox 360 and PC on January 26, 2010.
Sources: SWTOR.com, gamesindustry.biz