Mad Max game to get Australian accent

Open-world car combat game to include Australian voice actor following fan petition.

Last month, during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment announced that it would be bringing the post-apocalyptic film world of the Mad Max series to the PC, as well as current- and next-generation game consoles.

Following news that the game would include an American, rather than Australian, voice actor to play Mel Gibson's iconic leading role, a petition was filed on website Change.org and drew more than 2,800 signatures.

Today, Avalanche Studio founder and chief creative officer Christofer Sundberg confirmed that following the fan response, the game will now seek out an Australian to voice the part.

“Attn. fans who want Max to have an Aussie accent in #MadMaxGame : It shall be so. We admire your loyalty. You have been heard,” he said on Twitter.

The game will be an open-world action game with vehicular and third-person shooting combat elements. It is currently slated to ship on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2014.

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sullyliam
sullyliam

Very early days but has anyone heard if it's a first person or third person viewpoint title???

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

i still find it laughably idiotic that a dev/pub would make a mad max game and not have the proper accent.

seriously, wth, were they thinking? 

how utterly clueless can one be?


hadlee73
hadlee73

So much effort and focus on the accent of the main character. I'm just hoping for a game that doesn't suck! :P

RiP_ili
RiP_ili

Damn, some game companies... I swear. It shouldn't take a petition for something as common sense as this. Fire the lead designer or whoever is responsible, immediately.

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

This just reminded me how awesome the Mad Max films were. Time to dig out those dvds...

obsequies
obsequies

thats great news, I'm sick of listening to americans. Now add fucking multiplayer, out of all the shitty games that have multiplayer jeez. Thunder-dome, car combat...DO IT!!

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

Good. Although the fact that they even tried this in the first place makes me wonder about how else they're going to change the character. The Australian setting is so iconic in Mad Max that it's ridiculous.

I hope that the game itself is set in Australia and it's not just Max that's Australian but in America or something.

foxrock66
foxrock66

Awesome. That was a selling point for me.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

I'm hoping this'll be good, a little upset there will no multiplayer though. I have so many ideas for how MP could work in a Mad Max game.

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

Mad Max getting band in Australia would be the ultimate troll.

AirForce190B
AirForce190B

I bet the American voice actor was disappointed to hear he's not getting a single dime.

wgerardi
wgerardi

Why didn't they just get Mel Gibson? He may be crazy, but so are most interesting people in Hollywood.

R083R70
R083R70

Those fans are gonna be pissed once it gets banned in Australia.

mdc1983
mdc1983

great stuff Avalanche

jameson425
jameson425

Mad Max without a Aussie accent is like Snoop without his weed, its just stupid...

LonelyHippie27
LonelyHippie27

I was looking forward to this game until I saw "Car Combat". This game is going to be garbage.

Apastron
Apastron

Does anyone remember how cool the Australian accents in Final Fantasy XIII were?

Stesilaus
Stesilaus

Looks violent.  It will probably be banned in Australia.  :/

sullyliam
sullyliam

That's more like it Avalanche.

ivan_osorio
ivan_osorio

I'm desperately loving this new thing where people actually get heard by the industry. Cool stuff.

desperate001
desperate001

Maybe they should just have an American impersonating an Aussie accent.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

I have never seen Mad Max, and I already know you have to have an Australian lead.


are these guys THAT retarded?

tomelus
tomelus

Get the guy who played Ka D'argo from Farscape

starjay009
starjay009

So... erm... is Mad Max an Aussie then ? 

Jesternj
Jesternj

He'd be great, but I think it's a case of him being too big and mad max is too small. Granted, it launched his career, but they were Indy films (minus thunder dome ). It's sad because I feel like he was asked but just snubbed it.

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@obsequies you do realize that its just the voice and the accent here that should matter... im sure there are a lot of voice actors that cross barriers accent wise.  thats only a wise career move.

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

@EL_Bomberdor  

Now that there is an R rating here games are only banned if sexual violence or illegal drug use are interactive &/or rewards based. Apart from that anything goes.

OMGUPOS
OMGUPOS

@wgerardi They tried to get Mel Gibson. They left him a voice message. He replied by leaving 12,000 obscenity laced racist messages on the producer's phone. The producer is Johan Freidman Goldberg. They didn't see eye to eye.

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

@wgerardi  

Well when this game releases the new Mad Max movie will be on the brink. Tom Hardy would be the main focus seen as tho this game is being made with the new movie in mind.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

@LonelyHippie27 Yeah car combat in Max Max is stupid. Next thing you know they'll try to do a Die Hard game with guns or something.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

@Apastron I thought it was interesting myself, a subtle way to note that they weren't from Cocoon.

tomelus
tomelus

His name is Anthony Simcoe

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

@starjay009 Yeah the Mad Max universe is pretty much a post-apocalyptic Australian outback. Like how the King Arthur universe is basically medieval England and how Spider-Man lives in New York City.

Change the setting and you've changed basically every character in it.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

@CrouchingWeasel @EL_Bomberdor I'm surprised "The Road Warrior" isn't banned, considering it's scene of sexual violence fairly early on in the movie, the double standard for movies and games sucks.

BillyH666
BillyH666

@OMGUPOS @EL_Bomberdor Next Change.org petition I'm sure. Probably the first to be signed by almost every person in Australia too...

wgerardi
wgerardi

@EL_Bomberdor @wgerardi Oh damn, I didn't know Tom Hardy was going to play Mad Max. I thought it was going to be Sam Worthington. I love Hardy, but I liked the idea of them getting an Australian native.

BillyH666
BillyH666

@LesserAngel @wgerardi @EL_Bomberdor The one publicity photo they have of him in the role does look pretty beat up and rugged, you can still see the pretty boy shine through though. Hopefully his acting will mask it up.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

@wgerardi @EL_Bomberdor Yeah, I just can't see Tom Hardy as Max myself. Two problems -

1: He's too much of a "pretty boy".
2: I don't think he has the right voice for it.

Who knows? Maybe he'll surprise me