Destiny 2 is said to have a cinematic story campaign with memorable characters, something that many fans would agree was a missing component from Destiny 1. Destiny 2’s big baddie, Dominus Ghaul, is getting all the attention in the game’s trailers so far, but according to Bungie, there’s another villain character behind the scenes of Ghaul’s aggressive tactics.
That character is known as the Consul. Likely another member of the Cabal, Destiny 2 project lead Mark Noseworthy describes the Consul “like the coach on the sidelines while the Olympic runner is getting gold.”
Bungie says that players will see the Consul in cinematics as he interacts with Ghaul, helping flesh out Ghaul as a character and his motivations behind his attack on the Guardians, which is called the Red War. It seems the Consul will also serve to deliver some of the backstory of Ghaul, which occurred before the events of the game itself, specifically how he helped Ghaul stage a military coup against the Cabal empire and ultimately overthrew the Cabal emperor.
Bungie has also revealed who will be voicing the character of the Consul, which will be actor Frank Langella. Langella is an acclaimed actor, most recently known for his role on the TV series The Americans. His other credits through the years include Superman Returns, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and he even played Skeletor in the 1980’s cult classic Masters of the Universe. Langella will join Neil Kaplan who is voicing Ghaul.
This all seems to back up what Bungie is saying about having a more integrated story that will be easier for fans to follow. While Destiny had plenty of story and lore, players had to dig both inside the game and outside the game in the Grimoire to truly understand what was going on.
It will be encouraging for many that Destiny 2 is doubling down on story, boasting more cinematics than have ever been in the game. Plus, the inclusion of a strong acting cast, which of course also includes Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, and Lance Reddick as the voices of the Vanguard, all suggest a deeper and more engaging story. Of course, players will have to decide for themselves if it all pays off once the game comes out this fall.
Destiny 2 launches September 6 on PS4 and Xbox One, and October 24 for PC.
Source: Game Informer