One thing no one can begrudge The Elder Scrolls Online is its budget. Zenimax Online Studios certainly has the funding to make the game that they want, just so long as they know what that game is. Part of the fringe benefits of a great budget is a hand-picked voice acting cast. Yes, journeying in Tamriel won't be a lonely affair as there's certain to be a number of recognizable, friendly (or not so friendly) voices across the land.
Eleven different voice actors revealed, so here are their named and the roles they will be playing in The Elder Scrolls Online:
- John Cleese as Cadwell: "... the cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince."
- Bill Nighy as High King Emerick: "... a merchant prince whose luck and determination won him the throne."
- Kate Beckinsale as Queen Ayrenn: "... the leader of the Aldmeri Dominion and Queen of the High Elves who is far more comfortable with a blade than her crown."
- Alfred Molina as Abnur Tharn: "... a wily old wizard and politician who is the head of the Empire’s Elder Council, and the de facto power behind the Ruby Throne."
- Lynda Carter as as Azura: "... the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn from Skyrim who is a popular part of Elder Scrolls lore."
- Michael Gambon as The Prophet: "... a mysterious blind man who guides the player through their journey to retrieve their soul."
- Malcolm McDowell as Molag Bal: "an evil Daedric god from another plane who schemes to enslave the mortal souls of Tamriel."
- Peter Stormare as Jorunn the Skald King: "... an unexpected monarch who led his people into an unlikely alliance."
- Jim Ward as Mannimarco: "... a renegade High Elf wizard exiled from the realm for raising the dead and the world’s most powerful necromancer."
- Jennifer Hale as Lyris Titanborn: "... a Nord half-giant, who, along with the Prophet, aids the player on their journey."
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Sai Sahan: "... a noble martial artist and master swordsman."
All in all a fairly well-rounded cast with some particularly interesting choices. Lynda Carter, Wonder Woman herself, as Azura the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn continues the tradition of working in Elder Scrolls games, which is comforting. Always great to see Jennifer Hale make the casting list. Bill Nighy, Alfred Molina and Michael Gambon are all awesome. I'm probably most excited about Malcolm McDowell as Molag Bal though. Shivers.
The Elder Scrolls Online is scheduled for launch on April 4 for PC, followed by Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 launches in June.