Bungie talks about removal of Peter Dinklage from ‘The Taken King’ expansion

Posted: August 11, 2015 in Game Articles

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by Tanya Valdez via Video Game Examiner

The bomb dropped last week as we learned that Bungie had decided to discontinue work with voice actor, Peter Dinklage, in the Destiny franchise. The news continued on to declare Nolan North as a replacement for Ghost in The Taken King expansion for Destiny.

For those who do not know who Peter Dinklage and Nolan North are, they are predominant voice actors in the gaming industry. Dinklage is also a well-known actor who many remember as Miles Finch in Elf, Eddie in Pixels, and countless other characters in big Hollywood movies. Nolan North is a beloved video game actor who’s known for voicing Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series, David in The Last of Us, and so many more. He has worked so tightly in the gaming community that he even voiced a character named after himself, President Nolan North of The United States of America, in Saints Row IV.

While that news was circulating last week, we were only left to speculate reasons for Dinklage’s removal from the upcoming expansion. Today, Bungie shares why this decision was made. Executive producer Mark Noseworthy shared that it was basically over his unavailability. He shared with Game Informer that the decision was mainly due to “Hollywood nonsense”.

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“Dinklage was awesome to work with but we needed to work with someone who is more available. Nolan is a pro, this is his thing,” he explained. “You can just call him up and say ‘hey, next week we’re doing this internal play test and it would be great to get some Ghost dialogue in there’. And he’s available.”

IGN reported that Dinklage’s availability for his role in The Taken King is apparently crucial because Ghost will now be “more important in the game’s story, offering lore when bits of the environment are scanned,” they explained. “Additionally, missions from the original Destiny are being reorganised to unlock along more logical quest lines. As a result, having someone on-call to re-record their lines if needs be was a high priority for the developer.”

So, while many believed it was due to the heat Dinklage got for his “unenthusiastic performance in Destiny”, this was definitely not the case. Nolan North will now be re-recording all the old lines as well as the new ones. The Taken King expansion for Destiny is still slated for a release date of September 15, 2015.

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