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‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ could have multiple voice actors for the protagonist

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Since Dragon Age: Inquisition will allow gamers to play as their choice of fantasy races, fans are curious if Bioware will hire different voice actors for the protagonist to represent the different races of Human, Dwarf, Elf, and Qunari. Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw took to Twitter on Feb 12 to address these questions and said that they aren’t ready to reveal any details on the game’s voice cast at this time.

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We haven't discussed that yet, but will sometime before launch.

Considering that Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature four playable races, each with two selectable genders, Bioware would be responsible for hiring eight different voice actors just to cover the game’s main character should they decide to want a different actor for each part. While the idea of having so many actors just a title’s protagonist may sound extreme, Laidlaw reminded fans on Wednesday that Bioware previously utilized more voice actors for the main characters of Star Wars: The Old Republic so it isn’t out of the question for the developer to do so again for Dragon Age: Inquisition. Laidlaw also stated that the individual parts for the main characters in SWTOR required each voice actor to record several unique lines so that the overall production wasn’t devalued by having numerous actors, hinting that a similar approach wouldn't be out of the question for Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Well, I'm not promising anything for DAI, but you'd be surprised how much talking is in SWTOR if you haven't played it.

The issues of bringing in a large voice cast just for the main character wasn’t an issue in previous Dragon Age titles. In Dragon Age 2, players were only allowed to play as the human character of Hawke so only on actor was needed for each gender. Before that, Dragon Age: Origins did allow players to choose multiple races, but the game’s protagonist simply wasn’t voiced.

Dragon Age: Inquisition releases later this year on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.

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