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‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ creative director on the voice talent casting process

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Bioware games tend to place as equal an importance on creating memorable characters as any other part of game design. With that said, it’s understandable to wonder how the developer picks the right voice actor to properly bring each character to life. After one fan asked that very question to Bioware’s Mike Laidlaw, the Dragon Age: Inquisition creative director briefly described the casting process on Jan 27.

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For other games, roles are sometimes written with a specific actor already in mind. However, Laidlaw revealed that Bioware conducts a standard casting process in which various voice actors simply audition for different roles. It could be argued that this allows the writers to focus entirely on creating the character for the story rather than fitting a character to an actor.

We do auditions with audition scripts, listen to the results and make our picks based on those.

The developer likely has their work cut out for them in casting the new voices of Dragon Age: Inquisition. Having meaningfully characters inside the game isn’t just important to the game’s story since players must be able to form a deep connection to characters within Bioware games due to their inclusion of an in-game romance system. As such, these characters must be both well written and performed by just the right voice actors in order for players to identify with them.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is scheduled to release later this year on the Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3.

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