Watch Two Voice Acting Masters Bring Shadow of Mordor to Life in This Behind-the-Scenes Trailer

In the darkness bind them.

A new Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor video goes in-depth with the actors working on the title. Shadow of Mordor Features Troy Baker as the ranger Talion and Alastair Duncan playing the ghostly Celebrimbor. In the-behind-the scenes clip, the actors discuss the complex relationship of their characters.

Voice actor Baker is known for roles such as Joel in The Last of Us, the Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins, and Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite. Duncan Voice previously voice in other games including Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and the Mass Effect series.

"What's so interesting about the character was that level of mystery that my character has, the voyage of discovery that the player is going to go on with my character through that game and with Talion" said Duncan. "We are very separate characters in this, but our characters are melded at times. The interesting part is when we are separate and we're either in conflict or trying to make a plan or moving forward through something or discovering things about ourselves."

Baker said, "there were challenges with developing the characters individually and also how those two would work in concert with each other, because not only narratively but systemically we have to establish that. You never want to do anything that, from a narrative aspect, doesn't support gameplay and in turn we don't want to make gameplay in stark contrast to the story."

Shadow of Mordor is an open-world single-player game, with players controlling Talion, a ranger with Wraith-like powers, such as being able to teleport and control enemies. The game features a new Nemesis system where each enemy you face has unique attributes with their own personality, strengths, and weaknesses. Enemies learn from their experiences and can even grow in rank and esteem. The Nemesis system will be scaled back for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game compared to the current-gen and PC releases

Warner Bros. recently announced it will launch Shadow of Mordor one week earlier than previously dated. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will now launch September 30 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, with a PC release on October 2.

Robbie Palmer is an intern at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @Robbie_Palmer
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31 comments
Teebown24
Teebown24

"Duncan Voice previously voice...."? proofreading fail.

Dark_Rage
Dark_Rage

Cool, if the developers put a bit more green stuff on the actors faces, they would look like watermelons.

focuspuller
focuspuller

I actually had no idea he did the Joker. The Joker's voice is easily one of the stand out things in that game.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Hadn't realised Troy was working on this, but they've kept a lot of his facial features and that's all I can see now when I look at Talion.

crashmer
crashmer

Would never have guessed Troy also voiced Joker brilliant work. Although I was more impressed with Alastair's performance on this video.

Kiyosuyo
Kiyosuyo

Troy is voice acting royalty, truly amazing.

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

I have a feeling that this game will be disappointing.  I'll be the first to admit if I'm wrong because I'm not that prideful, but I seriously don't think I will be.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Joel is the star of this Mordor game... yay. =/

Monsterkillah
Monsterkillah

DLC..Fili, Kili, Bombur, Thrain, and Thorin Oakenshield

Ooh..and that ghay king of Mirkwood elf too...

edant79
edant79

It would be awesome if there was an option to change the voice-overs to Troy's Texan accent.

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

Troy Baker, what the freak, ya shouldn't be walking outside of infamous second son. 

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Two-bit actors are now Voice Acting Masters? Seriously now?

STrugglingFool
STrugglingFool

If this will be a repeat of Watch Dogs for PC. I don't fear for a mod is near.

Stiler
Stiler

Since DA:I got delayed to November this the next game I'm most looking forward to (After Destiny that is).

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Troy Baker; one of the few people who can be in nearly everything, yet I never get tired of his presence.

bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

This game looks really good, but I get worried when games start to get over-hyped.

Watch Dogs was a really good game but it could never live up to the expectations put on it. I just hope this game is as good as it looks.

BuBsay
BuBsay

@Bellum_Sacrum Two-bit actor? Troy Baker's one of the most well known Voice over artists across video games, tv and film.

yoda101280
yoda101280

@DamnILoveGames he's pretty good with his voices, wasn't he the main character in Infamous Second Son?  Joel and that character don't sound anything alike.

hystavito
hystavito

@bbq_R0ADK1LL The Nemesis system will be the key for me.  Unfortunately I'm expecting it won't be anywhere near as cool and dynamic and such as they claim.  We see this all the time in games, they claim they have these advanced new systems for things like branching outcomes, dynamic world effects, interaction, AI, etc.  Then when you play the game it's the same old basic template-like stuff.


One thing that makes me more suspicious, the way most of the videos show a sort of mini cutscene with voice whenever you engage one of the special NPCs.  How much variation can there be if they had to produce those scenes for every single character?