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Hellblade Creator Denies Using AI Voice Actors in Upcoming Games





To address some concerns from voice actors and gamers alike, Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has confirmed that it will not use AI technology to replace voice actors in its video games.

For context, a recent report turned to new artificial intelligence technology from Altered AI, a company that works to give game developers the ability to “create professional, engaging voiceovers” without having to choose voice actors. Apparently, this new technology allows developers to simply send a recording of what they want to say along with the right turn, and the technology produces performance for in-game use.

Ninja Theory is listed in the report as one of the developers using this Altered AI technology, causing concern that there are no authentic human renderings in the studio’s games, such as the upcoming Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II.

However, the developer confirmed that this is not the case, explaining how he actually uses AI technology Twitter.

“For clarity, we are using this AI technology for placeholder content only to help us understand things like timing and position in the early stages of development,” the developer wrote. “We then collaborate with real actors whose performances are at the heart of bringing our stories to life.”

Automated voice acting is becoming more and more popular in the entertainment industry. On the TV side, The Mandalorian’s show makers chose to synthesize Luke Skywalker’s voice using old clips of Mark Hamill, rather than pick a new actor for the role.

However, it is not clear how much of an impact this AI technology will have on the video game voice actor industry. According to the report, some actors are concerned that studios embracing modified AI will put actors out of work and reduce the quality of vocal performances. But supporters of the technology argue that it may lead to more work for the actors. For example, one studio reportedly planned to have no voice acting in its game at all, until they chose to use artificial intelligence.

Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga Gameplay Trailer Gallery

Regardless of the future impact of Altered AI, we know Hellblade 2 will have human voice actors behind its performance when it comes to Xbox Series X | S. We still don’t have a release date, but for now you can check out 6 minutes of Hellblade 2 from last year’s Game Awards.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game news and entertainment. He has over six years of experience in the gaming industry with minor lines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine and Lifewire. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.


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