New God of War Does Not Feature Original Kratos Voice Actor

Original Kratos voice actor TC Carson has confirmed that he is not set to return in the new God of War.

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If you thought Kratos sounded a little different in the new God of War's debut gameplay demo (watch above), then we now know why. Kratos's original voice actor, TC Carson, has confirmed that you won't hear him return as the iconic character.

"To my folk, you've been wondering if I am voicing Kratos in [God of War] 4, I am not," Carson said on Twitter. "Sony went in a new direction. Let 'em know what you think."

Carson has voiced Kratos in all of his video game appearances, including PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and Mortal Kombat. The recently-announced God of War will be the first time he doesn't reprise the role.

Stargate SG-1 actor Christopher Judge has confirmed on Twitter that he will take over the very angry Spartan for the new God of War.

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sonic_spark

I think the change was unnecessary.

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angrycreep

There are changes and there are stupid changes and this change is very stupid. I thought Carson voice never got old or out of tastes, I thought that his voice was good and was what driven and made the character what he was. It is a big lost not having him play Kratos again just like i thought with metal gear not having Hayter in their games anymore. This are one of those unnecessary changes that make no sense.

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HeavyZone

I Think the original voice actor is the little guy from "Living Single" You know the dud with the braids who got no play. https://youtu.be/zBwW0_AbC6Y

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wolfpup7

Huh. Well, Christopher Judge is awesome too. Honestly had I not watched that trailer/clip thing I'd have been kind of indifferent to a new God of War...I mean I'd have probably played it, but GoW 3 was kind of the most insane pinnacle of what it was doing that's possible, and the prequel released after it was...fine, but just nowhere near as good. I was shocked by how awesome and different this new game looks, and I love an older, maybe only 25% angry Kratos lol

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XCaedisX

I don't mind the voice actor change, and personally like the direction the gameplay seems to be going in. I only sort of wish they'd picked a different pantheon. Norse gods have kind of been done to death lately. It'd be interesting to see a less well-known mythology in a big video game like this. I would've loved to see the Celtic pantheon, myself. I bet Kratos and The Morrigan would've had some interesting chemistry. But I'll be getting this game either way, even if it's not a day-one buy for me.

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wolfpup7

@xcaedisx: Since God of War 3 I've been kind of wondering if they'd do a new one with a different set of gods. Could definitely be awesome, though I'm actually really excited by what they appear to be doing with this. NOT some thing I'd have said had I not watched the trailer.

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lostn

I think it was a good idea to drop Carson for the same reason Kojima dropped Hayter. They were iconic voices, but iconic does not mean good. These guys were just way over the top and didn't speak in a natural manner. No one speaks like their characters did.

I loved the character in the first two GoWs, but by the third he really started to wear thin, and mid way I just plain hated Kratos. Carson's voice will forever be associated with my hateful thoughts of that character. I'm glad they're going in a new direction.

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angrycreep

@lostn: I don't know what you smoking but is not good. I thought Carson voice never got old or out of tastes, I thought that his voice was good and was what driven and made the character what he was. It is a big lost not having him play Kratos again just like i thought with metal gear not having Hayter in their games anymore. This are one of those unnecessary changes that make no sense.

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Skat0rzZzz

It's Kojima all over again. Not that I don't like the new Jamaican sounding Kratos, but them Devs need to stop getting new voice actors for their old characters. Many old people sound like they're in their 30-40s. The only thing that changes, is the way they talk.

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johnrayjr

God of War had its moment.

I was a big fan of the second game, but the series is WAY past its expiration date. I wish Sony would let it go.

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lostn

@johnrayjr: I think I'm with you. The new game does look like it could be good, but it could have dropped the GoW trappings. It could have been a new IP with someone other than Kratos and still be just as good. I really don't want to go godslaying again or killing mythical and legendary beasts and heroes.

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Supreme_Bananas

@johnrayjr: If they had kept to the same style, sure. Things got a little stale after GoW3. That's why I'm happy with the change, it looks a lot more fresh now

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ThaGeorgian

@johnrayjr: you're wrong

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DrProphecy

As much as I love the previous God of War games and the voice actors, I'm actually looking forward to this new Kratos. I don't mind the change, Kratos needed a change. This is just a guess but... maybe Kratos will die off with Nordic mythology and the son will be a warrior and pick up on the Egyptians, Indian, or Roman gods? I'm hoping this is a direction SSM will take, I don't want to see another repeat of Kratos losing this new family too. Also, I hope the game moves into RPG genre, like Darksiders 2. It doesn't have to an open world but have armour and weapons that we can loot and craft. What do you think?

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johnny0779

Not only this is a major disappointment, but also infuriating for the fans, because God of War was never about being sensitive, or Spiritual or having a connection with anything or anyone.....as the name implies WAR on the title it was about pain, and Kratos' struggle between revenge and personal satisfaction.

This is no God of War, this is no better than a Last of Us wanna be featuring and old Kratos look alike!!

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sirdan357

@johnny0779: If you want the same thing play one of the other 6 games over again. It's time for a change so this franchise doesn't run itself into the ground.

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johnny0779

@sirdan357: Trust me this is the version people is going to hate! People don't embrace change that well...It's only human

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ThaGeorgian

@johnny0779: they dont, but once its given then they realize just how much better change could be

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punisher2k8

I don't mind Christopher Judge is good too.

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NTM23

Hm. I knew it was the same Kratos from the get-go, and though he sounded different, I kind of thought he was just changing his voice a bit for the character to fit more.

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wolfpup7

@NTM23: Yeah, I didn't know. I just thought he was dialing the angry down to about 25%.

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Kruiz_Bathory

Sad to see him go, but I guess it's for the best.

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thedarklinglord

Damn. There went my hope that maybe they had the balls to kill Kratos during a prologue and then switch the player over to the kid for the rest of the game, with time progressing in a way that you saw him grow from a timid child to a brash and reckless teen to a man with a depth of character that Kratos never possessed. Guess it'll just be same shit, different environment.

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sirdan357

@thedarklinglord: Not the same shit at all. The kid stays with you the whole time.

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Ripper_TV

F this. Exchangin one black dude for another, no difference. Kratos is effing WHITE, let him be voiced by a WHITE man. There aren't any menacing sounding white men in Hollywood?

This Christopher Judge looks horrible in real life, by the way.

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LilRoss2k3

@Ripper_TV: his face always had a black look to me....his new beard face looks white, though

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Xristophoros

@Ripper_TV: shut up. seriously.

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DrunkenPunk800

@Ripper_TV: Dude, the race of voice actors don't matter. In Spiderman TAS, Kingpin was voiced by a black dude, but his voice was perfect. In the 87 TMNT, an Asian man was voiced by a black dude, but again, PERFECT casting.

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TurianShepard

@DrunkenPunk800: Kratos isn't white anyways.

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sonic_spark

@turianshepard: He's Greek...

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TurianShepard

@sonic_spark: ever seen a Greek person before? They have a dark olive complexion. They aint white.

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sonic_spark

@turianshepard: No kidding, I'm Greek. A Greek wouldn't say they're white, because it implies you're English white. But Europe as a whole is "white" by definition.

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hugoadan

i honestly thought it was the same guy from the previous games, but i don't mind the change... it was a great gameplay trailer, and the voice acting was terrific.

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Thanatos2k

Another embarrassing gaffe. When will game devs figure out that consistency is really important?

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Ripper_TV

@Thanatos2k: Tell that to Kojima?

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Thanatos2k

@Ripper_TV: It probably wasn't Kojima's decision.

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sirdan357

@Thanatos2k: It was his decision. Kojima never cared for Hayter as the voice. David Hayter has said this himself. It's not a gaffe when they replace somebody with a better actor who has more range.

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3D3

wow i wasn't aware, I though TC Carson just made his voice a bit deeper.

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Ripper_TV

@3D3: TC can't change his voice.

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saif_tweety

Is it me or the game is more Last of Us than GOW.

Bring back the old style hack n slash game we all love.

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Xristophoros

@saif_tweety: 6 of those games wasn't enough? get out of here with that... people cry when games are too repetitive and familiar. people cry when games are too unique and original. thankfully sony is not trying to please people like you or else we would be getting ubisoft-like rehashes over and over again.

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Ripper_TV

@saif_tweety: Absolutely right.

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Flamerdragon

It actually worked for them.

Was watching this live streaming.

People had no idea what game they were being shown. A boy? ok. I personally thought it was Horizon by the looks of the boy.

Watched with interest. Then the father talks. Ok...

Father comes out of the shadow.... boom! man the reaction of the crowd on E3 was insane. As well as mine. I held my head and stood straight. Wawwwwwwwwow!

It worked. It worked really well. Looking forward for it. And the live orchestra they were awesome. Everything was well set up and organised to take eveyone by surprise.

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VFighter

@Flamerdragon: It worked until they showed the gameplay...then everyone was like "wtf GoW"?!?

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NBKNAS

@vfighter: you does not mean everyone

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normanislost

Shame but love me some Christopher judge

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