Leave it to the experts, they say. It has been reported that video game developer Bungie has decided to ditch “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage as the voice of Ghost, the robo-character that serves as the central narrator/game mechanic giver in “Destiny.”
The replacement? Acclaimed game voice actor Nolan North.
Game Informer reported that for the upcoming expansion, “Destiny: The Taken King,” Bungie has decided to replace Dinklage’s voice with that of North. We’re talking a full removal-and-replacement here, and soon, the miniature flying robot will have an entirely new voice.
Nolan North told Game Informer how excited he is for the project. “You want to give him as much personality as the world will allow, without making it unbelievable. There’s a fine line to walk there, and I think we found it.”
North hopes he’d be able to do the character “for years.”
Destiny fans..proud to be with you!http://t.co/vEyhRWLbPS
— Nolan North (@nolan_north) August 4, 2015
The sudden if not harsh move by Bungie might be due to Dinklage’s lackluster performance, as noted by video game critics. Nolan North, on the other hand, is a veteran in his field, having voiced Nathan Drake from the “Uncharted” games and Desmond Miles from “Assassin’s Creed.”
Kotaku even notes that Peter Dinklage’s version of Ghost is “flat, it’s muted, it often sounds phoned-in.”
There’s also the idea that Peter is so in-demand these days. He recently appeared in “Pixels” with Adam Sandler, and his IMDB page says he is currently working on four upcoming movies, including voice work for the “Angry Birds” movie. Since “Destiny” is a game that continuously evolves with each expansion pack, it’s pretty clear Dinklage won’t be able to handle the schedule.
“Destiny: The Taken King” will be released in September. Game Informer has also revealed its cover art for the game.