A recurring complaint for many Elder Scrolls games is that the same voices are often heard from numerous different characters throughout the games. Of course this stems from the fact that there are hundreds of characters in games such as Skyrim and the fact that players spend countless hours in these game worlds. Still, Bethesda seems to have recognized this complaint and spent quite a bit of money attempting to fill key roles for its upcoming Elder Scrolls MMO.
Bethesda today announced several well-known British voice actors will be playing significant roles in The Elder Scrolls Online.
The cast is led by Bill Nighy, a character actor known for many roles, including appearances in the Underworld series, Shaun of the Dead, and Love Actually. Nighy plays High King Emeric in the new MMO, a merchant prince who has become the king of High Rock.
Nighy’s Underworld co-star Kate Beckinsale has also leant her voice to the game, voicing Queen Ayrenn, the leader of the Aldmeri Dominion and the High Elves. Alfred Molina is also part of the game’s political intrigue, playing wizard Abnur Tharn, the leader of the Elder Council of the Empire.
Seemingly less important characters will be played by John Cleese (of Monty Python fame) and Michael Gambon (Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies). Cleese voices an eccentric character named Cadwell, while Gambon lends his voice to a blind man called The Prophet.
Major supernatural beings in The Elder Scrolls Online will also be voice by famous performers. Lynda Carter (the former Wonder Woman) will voice daedric princess Azura, while Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) will be voicing the game’s current main villain, the daedric prince Molag Bal.
All of these performers can be seen in the long introduction video that Bethesda released along with the announcement: