Bungie has explained why it has ditched Peter Dinklage for the Destiny The Taken King DLC.
Destiny developer Bungie has been forced to replace Dinklage in the game, due to the actor’s availability – rather than due to poor reception.
Dinklage has been replaced by Uncharted voice actor Nolan North in Destiny’s upcoming EP The Taken King.
Any existing dialogue performed by Dinklage for the base game and current expansions will also be replaced by North at the same time.
Speaking in an interview with Game Informer, Destiny’s Executive Producer Mark Noseworthy was asked whether Dinklage was ditched due to fan criticism or due to Hollywood “nonsense”.
“It’s more on the nonsense side of things,” said Noseworthy. “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.”
“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.”
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The Taken King will see the Ghost character become more important in the game’s overall story.
The role will be one of a lore-giver, with players able to use their robot buddy to scan the environment for extra story content.
The expansion, which will arrive on 15 September, will be more focused on the story in general, introducing a brand-new campaign.
Missions from the base Destiny game are also subject to reorganisation, and will be unlocked via progression along specific quest lines.
“The questification of the Year One content, aligning it with the player experience in The Taken King, reveals some things which were, I think, a little scary to the Bungie of a year ago,” said creative director Luke Smith. “It does reveal the RPG nature of the game. Probably a year ago we’d have been more nervous about that.”