One of the best things about the current generation of video games is their ability to be almost indistinguishable from movies. While the cutting edge technology of today often makes titles’ graphics look practically identical to the world around us, voice acting helps draw gamers in to the story by offering a human element with which we can connect.
Ironically, some of the best voice over work in video games is done through cybernetic beings or artificial intelligence, like Jennifer Lee Taylor’s role as Cortana in the Halo titles, and David Eddings’ turn as Claptrap in the Borderlands series. With the aforementioned games having nothing to do with a famous cinematic series, fans will no doubt be expecting film-caliber performances in the VO work done for the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront reboot. Fortunately, everyone’s favorite translating robot will retain his perfectly pedantic charm, as Anthony Daniels has been confirmed for the voice of C-3PO in Star Wars Battlefront.
The news comes from Daniels’ official Twitter account, with him saying:
One day it's the hilarious YODA CHRONICLES: the next, the astounding BATTLEFRONT! (Just the ying and yang of being C-3PO at the microphone).— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) June 5, 2015
Since the beginning of the Star Wars franchise, Anthony Daniels has played C-3PO in every possible form, starting with the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1977, and even a block-based iteration of the golden robot in The Lego Movie. Not to mention, the actor is set to perform as C-3PO in the upcoming Disney Infinity 3.0.
While the report of Daniels reprising the role of C-3PO should shock absolutely no one, the fact that he will be making an appearance in Star Wars Battlefront does prove to be rather interesting. While most fans are rightfully assuming that the voice over performance is being done for cutscenes of the game, the bipedal human protocol droid could possibly be used in gameplay. Of course, it would be strange for him to be a playable character, but maybe C-3PO will offer assistance of some kind via intelligence or dialogue translation. If we’re lucky, Electronic Arts won’t be including Threepio for any type of tedious transport mission.
Nonetheless, Star Wars Battlefront is shaping up to be one of the games we’re looking forward to at E3 2015. And while disappointments involving the title’s gameplay have already cropped up, such as the fact that there won’t be any space battles, there ought to be plenty of features that will keep fans of the series content after its release. For instance, the inclusion of a playable Millennium Falcon should set even the most cynical of gamers at ease.
At any rate, DICE has its work cut out for them. Reviving a long-dormant franchise is no easy feat. If anyone needs proof, go back and play the 2008 release of Turok.
Star Wars Battlefront is set for release on November 17, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.