Video games keep getting better in various ways and Bethesda Game Studios provided an example Thursday of how Fallout 4 outsizes its predecessors. The PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC role-playing title will have more lines of dialogue than two other games notable for plenty of talking.
Bethesda Studios previously revealed how much artwork was created for their latest game. Today, the developer talked about the scope of its work on Fallout 4 voice acting in the following tweet.
— BethesdaGameStudios (@BethesdaStudios) September 3, 2015
The large number of lines of dialogue should not be terribly surprising. The main character in Fallout 4 speaks for the first time in the series. Not only does the protagonist speak, but they can be male or female. Bethesda’s Todd Howard previously confirmed that over 26,000 lines were recorded for the main character alone when you combine the work done for both genders.
That means there are approximately 85,000 lines of dialogue recorded for non-player characters (NPCs). By comparison, The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim had 60,000 lines with no talking from the main character. That means Fallout 4 still improves on its predecessors significantly beyond the new main character lines.
Somewhat sadly, ThreeDog will not return as the voice of the Wasteland. The character was a popular addition to Fallout 3 and voice actor Erik Todd Dellums has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Fallout franchise on social media. However, he confirmed that he will not return for the latest outing.
— Erik Todd Dellums (@ETDellums) September 3, 2015
The absence of ThreeDog makes sense canonically, however. Fallout 4 takes place approximately during the same time, but is set in Boston and not near the Capita Wastelands of Washington, D.C.
The only returning voice cast member confirmed so far (via IMDB) is Ron Perlman as the narrator. Brian T. Delaney and Courtenay Taylor will split time as the main character and Brendan Hunt will be the DJ for the greater Boston wasteland. There’s a total of only six voice actors confirmed so far versus the 15 who performed various voices in Fallout 3 and the nearly 100 that worked on Skyrim. You can bet that Bethesda will announce any celebrity voice actors who contribute to the game leading up to its November 10 launch for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
[Images via Fallout 4]