Elder Scrolls Online voice cast is seriously impressive

Monty Python, Harry Potter, and Spider-Man stars sign on for roles in Bethesda's upcoming MMO.

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Bethesda today announced an all-star voice cast for its upcoming MMO The Elder Scrolls Online featuring actors like John Cleese of Monty Python fame and Michael Gambon, who played professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series.

Check out the video below to hear directly from the actors and learn about their roles for the upcoming game, due out April 4 for PC/Mac and in June for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The Elder Scrolls Online voice cast:

  • John Cleese (Monty Python) - Caldwell
  • Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Love Actually) - High King Emeric
  • Kate Beckinsale (Aviator, Pearl Harbor) - Queen Ayrenn
  • Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) - Abnur Tharn
  • Michael Gambon (Harry Potter series) - The Prophet
  • Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) - Molag Bal
  • Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) - Azura
  • Peter Stormare (Fargo) - Jorunn the Skald King
  • Jim Ward (WALL-E) - Mannimarco
  • Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect) - Lyris Tianborn
  • Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show) - Sai Sahan

Discussion

248 comments
Cybernia
Cybernia

Sorry, I don't really care how famous these people are. Many ACTUAL voice actors do a much better job and are much less expensive to boot. Putting "a-list" celebrities stunt castings in your game does not a good game make.

buffonomics
buffonomics

ESO is the best. period. End of story.

Playing it now. Addictive. New. Fresh.


And it's not about button mashing. You actually have to think.

WOW worshippers can just leave. Better for everyone.


Also, why does every broke azz individual feel the need to hate on games with a monthly sub?

I prefer a monthly sub because then I am assured of:


- A sharp decline of annoying 12 year olds

- No constant, annoying, inconveniencing "tricks" to get my money. You already have it.


I am also not so unrealistic to think servers and bandwidth pay for themselves. These things must be maintained and new content must be made! 


I literally HATE this breed of human being.

If you are too broke to pay for a simple sub....just don't play please. The rest of us will be happy without you. 


Good job Bethesda....


...so what about that Fallout 4 though? :/

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Typo above: Lyris Tianborn, supposed to be Titanborn.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

That's very impressive, though I am curious. Am I going to spend a lot of time listening to AI voiced by these actors? Is this a MMO or a single player game with group dungeons and some PvP?

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

Michael Gambon was super easy to pick out while playing. Great cast overall.

Clay Hancock
Clay Hancock

I actually would prefer fallout 4. But if they're going to make an Elder Scrolls game they should make a single player one. Everyone knows that mmo's are death of rpg franchises.

Tyler Fogel
Tyler Fogel

In time young one, but first they must make Fallout 4

Ray Price
Ray Price

Though unfortunately Bethesda are not the developers in this scenario, only the publishers. :(

강시현
강시현

Elder scroll must be remained as itself

themc_7
themc_7

wow this is a great cast. 

Daniel Courtney
Daniel Courtney

so this is were the money is going, how about make the game better...

jakerscythe
jakerscythe

...and let me guess, the dialogue will still be just as awful as it's been in all the previous voice acted TES games.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

Bad dialogue, even when voiced by prominent people is still bad dialogue. (also, tedious and boring gameplay is just that, tedious and boring)

I still get shivers when thinking about the dialogue in Oblivion and Skyrim and having watched one or two TESO videos (could barely stand these) it's only gotten worse.


These "famous" actors won't save you, this is merely a money sink for a generic and boring fetch-quest / healthbar smasher / subscription based microtransaction been there, done that MMO that's abusing a franchise name.

I wonder who the target audience for this is because the Morrowind / Oblivion / Skyrim fans have no interest in this and neither does the casual gamer / MMO crowd. (besides the braindead masses .. wait, I think I just answered this myself)

I'd like to know how much it cost them to hire those voice actors which speak a few lines of text and are then never heard of again, with the remaining 90% of the game being voiced by Jeff the janitor and Jill the cleaning lady or no dialogue at all.

bdl1980
bdl1980

Wonder how much this inflated the budget. This is totally going to be the Tortanic 2 Electric Bugaloo. No way around it, right down to hero engine.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Impressive list of voice actors. Cleese, Nighy,McDowel and Lynda Carter(I miss wonder woman) are great choices. I am pretty sure at least one of  them has an oscar(Molina).

I have always wanted to like RPGs and every game from Bethesda Softworks looks incredible.  Somehow, I just can't get into them and it actually bums me out, because I see the high level of quality in these games.

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

The voices seem to fit the roles fairly well. Just fail to understand why they have to get such high budget actors, surely there's other cheaper actors out there who could do an equally good job.

DomZeal
DomZeal

"Use the force, Harry Potter!" --- Gandolf

IndySandbagTrik
IndySandbagTrik

This just upped my level of excitement from 'Can't Wait' to 'ugggggghhhhhhhh!! Take my Money, Teleport me to release day!'


Seriously.




Kate B is perfect as a High Elf Queen, Dumbledore as the in-game narrator and MALCOM MCDOWELL.. 


Caligula is the antagonist.. DELICIOUS!

sorintitus
sorintitus

Wonderful voice cast. Too bad I won't be playing this...

hadlee73
hadlee73

The problem with using Bill Nighy in a game is that he's so much more entertaining if you can see the looks on his face when he acts.

Jondy Owens
Jondy Owens

Leave them out and make it free post purchase.

MateykoSlam
MateykoSlam

i only care about john cleese to be honest. too bad he is not tim the enchanter

deadpen
deadpen

So they are buying up all the old famous guys with English accents and a couple of "my shit doesn't stink" bitches?! Maybe if they throw Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in as a horse dealers I'd get excited.

Joshua Burnworth
Joshua Burnworth

I fear this voice talent will fall deaf to many of your fans. I love your games, but while they are great they also are rather glitchy. I'm not saying you can't do it, but you have your work cut out for you to make a MMO. I'm also not fond of the idea of paying to play on your servers on console.

bluefox755
bluefox755

This is cool, my biggest complaint about oblivion and skyrim was the bland and recycled voice acting. It's too bad the actual game isn't much fun. Perhaps I was too quick to judge but after several hours in the beta, I was bored to death. Hopefully they make the game more fun.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Not sure how I feel about this.  Certainly a great array of actors, but probably not worth the fees they're paying.  Though Malcolm McDowell is doing extremely terrible Sprint commercials lately, so who knows.  Maybe they're working on the cheap.

Amy Davidson
Amy Davidson

Knew it was John Cleese when playing! At least now I can say so, being a beta tester and all. Love the voice cast. I just refer to The Prophet as 'Dumbledore' still lol

DeBrief
DeBrief

Big names, ridiculously low "screentime" tho... At least for Mr Cleese... Shame.

baxwam
baxwam

Ladies and Gentleman this is the ScrollsTantic  

Tao_and_Zen
Tao_and_Zen

OK, so it's fun to recognize a famous actor's voice in a game, but in my opinion it's not necessary. Let screen actors act on screen; don't take jobs away from equally -- or more -- talented voice actors.

techpaste
techpaste

@bloody-hell I wish I could disagree with you, but I can't. ESO is nothing more than your typical MMO with an ES skin. It lacks immersion, which is key for any game. I am a huge ES fan and an even bigger MMO fan - these two do NOT work together. It could have, providing the right people did it, but it sure as hell isn't these guys... 

maximo
maximo

@deadpen I think the the British accents work very well for these games. Just sounds more 'authentic'. Somehow American accents just don't work as well for this genre in my opinion.

Kayweg
Kayweg

@ps3gamer1234 monthly fees never bothered me, and powerful PC required ?

Played the beta weekend on a 6 year old rig with a GTX285 gpu, at med to high settings...no prob at all.

Am i convinced the game is gonna be worth paying/playing ? No, not yet.

JachAnen
JachAnen

@ps3gamer1234@sorintitusAnd tolerance for boring gameplay. So if you still spend most of your free time (maybe more) playing WoW, you might just like it.

deadpen
deadpen

@maximo @deadpen True but why overpay for something when there are only 6 distinct British accents? Do you really need a payroll with this amount of waste when you could put that back in the game/server. Also it would be better to have the guys from Top Gear to add value to the game.

techpaste
techpaste

@JachAnen WoW is still a great game for the newcomer. Veterans still enjoy it too. You've either not played WoW properly or you just generally dislike the game. Wow has a massive subscriber base for a very good reason. Bear in mind it;s 8 years old and is still the most played MMO ever made....that's pretty impressive ^_^

JachAnen
JachAnen

@deadpen@maximoSomehow, I just can't picture them saying yes to this. Don't you have anybody else than the Top Gear cast you want added?? Personally I would like to to see Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean, Black Adder) and Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes 2, The Hobbit 2).
 They have proven they can play characters matching this genre in live action, so voice acting should be easy for them :)