While Destiny has made a name for itself by shaking up the traditional MMO formula, fans weren’t prepared for the internal shake-ups that developer Bungie was planning for the game, foremost among them the replacement of Ghost’s voice actor. Game of Throne’s Peter Dinklage contributed his award winning voice to the role of Destiny’s AI companion, but Bungie has decided to scrub the actor from the game and replace him with Nolan North.
When the announcement was made, the Internet was ablaze with speculation, with fans positing that Dinklage was being kicked from the game due to Bungie’s dissatisfaction with his performance. But the developer has decided to clear the air surrounding the debacle, revealing that Dinklage’s departure has nothing to do with his performance. Instead, according to Destiny executive producer Mark Noseworthy, the decision was made to replace Dinklage due to “Hollywood nonsense.”
Talking to Game Informer, Noseworthy admitted that the in-demand actor’s busy schedule simply didn’t synch up with the schedule of the game, which made recording new lines for Ghost difficult. Thus, Bungie made the difficult decision to replace Dinklage with an actor that would be more readily available. As Noseworthy put it:
“You can just call him up and say, ‘Hey, next week we’re doing this internal play test and it would be great to get some Ghost dialogue in there.’ And he’s available.”
With Nolan North taking over voice acting duties, Bungie has decided to rerecord all of Dinklage’s old lines with North, to ensure Ghost’s voice remains consistent. Bungie has not said if this voice change will be acknowledged in the game, nor has the developer said if the old lines will be rerecorded word-for-word or if the script will be rewritten.
North will take over the role of Ghost in the games’ hotly anticipated expansion, The Taken King, when it releases on September 15th. Along with the new Ghost voice, The Taken King is set to bring a bevy of new content, including a brand new story, new locations, new weapons, new enemies, new raids, and a higher level cap.
While Dinklage’s performance in Destiny was certainly far from perfect, it will stand to be seen if North can bring the same subtlety and nuance to lines such as “That wizard came from the moon.” He is a veteran of the video game voice acting world and a particularly funny individual, so fans are optimistic that North will be a welcome addition to the game.
Destiny: The Taken King releases September 15, 2015 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Source: Game Informer