Even non-Dungeons & Dragons fans recognize Critical Role, the incredibly popular live-streaming D&D show of professional voice actors. Obsidian Entertainment has announced a partnership with the entire cast of Critical Role for upcoming RPG Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. Players will be able to select any of their Vox Machina characters as voices for their own player characters and custom party members.
“I was such a fan of the original Pillars game, and thoroughly enjoying being a part of the vibrant world the team created,” says voice actor Matthew Mercer. “With the wonderful folks of Obsidian now bringing the entire cast of Critical Role to bring even more of the world of Eora to life, it’s sparked this incredible opportunity to bring our Critical Role characters of Vox Machina into their world via custom art and voice sets. A truly surreal milestone for this D&D nerd.”
Matthew Mercer, the Dungeon Master for Critical Role, did the voice work for multiple characters in the first Pillars of Eternity. Both Edér and Aloth will return as party members in the sequel.
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“Working closely with the cast of Critical Role to bring Deadfire’s companions and story to life has been an amazing experience,” states Justin E. Bell, audio director, Obsidian. “Their incredible acting talent, ensemble chemistry, and tabletop roleplaying expertise coupled with Obsidian’s expertise in making deep, immersive, CRPG’s is the perfect combination. Together we’ve made something really special that we’re very proud of, and we can’t wait to share it with fans of RPGs when Deadfire releases.”
As an added bonus, special player portraits of the Vox Machina characters will be available as free DLC when Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire launches on May 8. It’s rated M for Mature.