Well before there was talk of Destiny’s story limitations and recycled content, the overwhelming sentiment surrounding Bungie’s new game was excitement. Coming out of September’s Alpha test, and the following beta test, gamers around the world were engrossed in the Destiny hype, which is a major reason why some see the finished game as such a disappointment.
Nevertheless, while most of Destiny’s beta left a good impression, there was one element that did not: the Ghost. Voiced by Peter Dinklage, The Ghost in Destiny was supposed to be a consistent companion that provided backstory and exposition at every turn. However, Dinklage’s flat delivery had many feeling that either the Game of Thrones was phoning it in or that Bungie simply didn’t know how to personify Ghost.
Whatever the case may be, it appears that Bungie is looking to make a change for Destiny Year 2. As revealed by Game Informer, who visited Bungie’s Washington studios for hands-on time with Destiny: The Taken King, the voice of Ghost has been recast to that of Nolan North. Sorry Dinklebot fans.
While visiting Bungie, GI was able to talk to North, who spends a good deal of time detailing Ghost’s personality. Unlike Dinklage’s performance, it sounds as if North was directed to try and give Ghost some life - to make this integral character feel more like a companion than a floating exposition robot.
“I was really excited to do this role. You want to give him as much personality as the world will allow, without making it unbelievable. There’s a fine line to walk there, and I think we found it.”
Now some might be curious to know how North’s performance will gel with Dinklage’s and the quick answer to that is it won’t. Bungie had Nolan North go back and record every line of Ghost’s dialogue from the beginning of Destiny all the way through The Taken King’s new content. That means when players load up Destiny: The Taken King they will hear North’s voice no matter where they are in the game.
It’s a curious choice to say the least, especially considering how prolific, and some would say overused, North is as a voice actor. But, if Bungie wanted to go for someone who brings a little more enthusiasm to the role, the voice of Nathan Drake is sure to fit the bill nicely. Perhaps Bungie is also trying to veer a little closer to the humorous iteration of Ghost that David Cross worked on before his lines were cut.
Either way, it appears that is it for Peter Dinklage and Destiny from here on out, and that’s likely for the best. Despite being an award-winning actor, Dinklage didn’t seem to bring enough to the role to make Ghost memorable, let alone to give him a personality. Somewhere someone is waiting to write a tell-all book about Destiny’s initial development, and we have no doubt one of those chapters will focus on Dinklage’s performance. We’d call it “That Wizard Came From the Moon.”
Destiny: The Taken King releases September 15, 2015 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Source: Game Informer