Commander Shepard’s Voice Actor Signed For Mass Effect 3

Jan 20, 2010 by  

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Though it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, Mark Meer, voice actor for the male Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect series, has confirmed in an interview with RGPSite that he will be back in Mass Effect 3. BioWare has come right out and blatantly stated that it will be possible to kill off Shepard at the end of Mass Effect 2, but what about those that end the game with Shepard still breathing? Meer would surely have to stick around to record the lines for those of us that will do everything within our power to keep him alive.

I personally really liked Meer’s voice acting in Mass Effect. He really helped me connect with Shepard over the course of the game, and, as a result, I may or may not have choked back some real emotion after the final battle. I think the real question is: What happens after Mass Effect 3? BioWare has said that the Mass Effect story will end with the conclusion of the trilogy. What then? Will we get more stories within that universe? I sure hope so, because I fell in love with BioWare’s vision of this world with the first game and absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on Mass Effect 2 next week.

Mass Effect 2 will release for the PC and Xbox 360 in North America on January 26th, in Australia on January 28th, and finally Europe on January 29th.

Source: RPGSite [via VG247]

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  1. That's great, like you, I really think that his voice connects you with the character…I've also read today that there well be adventures in the Mass Effect universe after ME3, so if they don't kill him off, he could possibly cameo in future games.

  2. Personally I couldn't stand his voice… He had less than a half dozen credits under his belt when he was signed for ME1, compared to Jennifer Hale (female Shepard) with over 120… He's very inexperienced, and it showed… His voice just felt flat and, well, felt like he was reading dialogue. Hale, however, really got into the character like the experienced actress she is.

    In any case, a tiny correction: BioWare has said that Mass Effect 3 will conclude Commander Shepard's story arc…they said nothing about concluding the Mass Effect series. It could go on… The only thing we know for sure is that Commander Shepard will no longer be the main protagonist after ME3.

    • Hmmm. Joker as a main character for Mass Effect 3, andddd 4?

  3. Female Shepard voice was really forced… Didn't sound bad-a** and also questions what a woman is doing representing her planet as the best Military unit it has to offer…

    Both voice actors could have been more “into it” in Mass Effect 1, with Mark Meer's voice in the lead in my opinion.

    I've yet to play female Shepard in Mass Effect 2 but I can already say Mark Meer did an amazing job this time around.

    I guess one of the things that motivates voice actors is the success of their previous work. They may have read the good reviews for Mass Effect 1 and thought they'd work hard to make Mass Effect 2 as good or even better.

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