Peter Dinklage, best known for his role as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones (2011-), as well as for appearing in many films such as The Station Agent (2003), Death at a Funeral (2007; 2010) The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) and in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), has just had a really unpleasant experience.
The reason for this is that news broke out that he has been replaced by the legendary Nolan North as the voice of one of the main protagonists of the popular shooter game Destiny, the artificial intelligence helper - Ghost. Moreover, all of the character's previous lines will be re-recorded.
The change comes after months of increasing criticism regarding Dinklage's performance. Even gamers who played the "alpha" version of the game critised Dinklage's voice acting, while one journalist described his acting as "like he was reading his kid a bedtime story while checking scores on his phone".
However, we already knew that Dinklage's dialogue was subsequently altered for the "beta" version, so this news is hardly a surprise. Besides, he did not appear in the two downloadable content packs released in December and May.
Although it seems like voice acting is not Peter Dinklage's forte, he still remains an amazing actor. On the other hand, the man who is replacing him in Destiny - Nolan North, is widely known as "the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man.". His most famous voice acting performances include playing Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series, Desmond Miles from the Assassin's Creed series, The Penguin in the Batman: Arkham franchise, Cpt. Martin Walker in Spec Ops: The Line, David in The Last of Us, several characters in various pieces of Marvel media, most popularly Deadpool, Superboy in Young Justice; himself in Saints Row IV and Edward Richtofen in the Call of Duty Zombies storyline.
Matt Miller, who is a GameInformer journalist, has heard some of the new dialogue and describes it as "more emotionally engaged". Also, he expressed the belief that the criticism towards Dinklage might be misplaced :
"The original Ghost character was poorly received by many fans, but it’s hard to know whether it was Dinklage’s delivery, the writing, the directing, or the broader story that kept the character from its potential."
So, with this change all done dusted, how will it affect Destiny?