Freddie Prinze, Jr. is not exactly known for his work in video games. The movie star, best remembered for the I Know What You Did Last Summer slasher movies and the live-action adaptation of Scooby Doo, has had a mixed history when it comes to games. He starred in the ill-fated Wing Commander movie (a video game adaptation produced by Star Citizen’s Chris Roberts) and most recently did voice acting for Mass Effect 3, playing the human Systems Alliance Marine James Vega.
BioWare, the developer of the Mass Effect series, was clearly impressed with Prinze’s work as James Vega, because he was invited to lend his vocal talents to their upcoming fantasy epic Dragon Age: Inquisition. As revealed in a video interview, Prinze is voicing a Qunari mercenary known as the Iron Bull.
Speaking to Bioware, Prinze gives a brief description of his character. According to Prinze, the Iron Bull is different to the other Qunari that players have encountered in the Dragon Age universe. Instead of the sullen, dour ideology of the Qunari in the other games in the series, the Iron Bull is apparently much more emotional.
“He’s very, very complicated,” said Prinze. “He’s the opposite of any Qunari you’ve experienced in the franchise.” Alongside this, the Iron Bull is said to have much more of a mercurial nature, and is able to jump from cause to cause in the Dragon Age: Inquisition world. According to Prinze, the Iron Bull is a character who “looks one way and acts another.”
It’s an interesting direction to take with a race that has, so far, appeared to have such strict rules on ideology and personality. With the Iron Bull set to have much more of an emotional punch, and the Qunari now able to be chosen as a playable character race for the first time with the return of race customization, it looks like there could be a whole new dynamic to the Qunari.
Prinze also described the Iron Bull as the “James Bond” of the Qunari, although admitted that the character did have a fear of demons. He also offered a brief bit of advice on how to play the game. “Line of sight means if the mage can see you, you’re friggin’ dead,” he says. “So have a wall between you, have a corridor, and send your henchmen to help you out.”
We had the chance to sit down with Dragon Age: Inquisition at E3, and were impressed with the EA-published title. It certainly seemed as though BioWare had taken fan criticism to heart and had developed a much larger level of customization than even the original Dragon Age: Origins. We were also impressed with the gameplay on offer, with an unexpected level of RTS-style planning involved in the combat. Let’s see if the characters, including the Iron Bull, live up to the potential of the gameplay.
What do you think of this announcement? Did you think Freddie Prinze, Jr. did a good job with Mass Effect 3? What do you make of the Iron Bull character so far?
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released in North America on October 7, 2014 and will be available on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.