In an April 7th interview with IGN, video game designer/developer Peter Molyneux has proclaimed that Fable III will have “the greatest cast that any computer game has ever had.”
Molyneux, who has a history of exaggeration prior to the release of past video game releases (Fable, Fable II, The Movies), explains that his claim is not just related to the cast, but “how their performances have been integrated into the game”:
“How we’re using these characters is very much dependent on how you play the game. This is not like traditional dialogue – we went into a studio with John Cleese and I think he’d never done anything like this ever before, because we had to say ‘if the player is like this, how are you going to react’. It was a very interesting process.”
“Monty Python” alum Cleese provides the voice of the player’s butler, and Stephen Fry (LittleBigPlanet, Fable II, Harry Potter video game series) has been confirmed to reprise his role as Reaver. British TV/radio host Jonathan Ross revealed via Twitter in March 2009 that both he and British comedian Charlie Brooker are also involved in the game.
I’m going to go ahead and predict that Molyneux once again won’t be able to deliver what he’s promised. I’m not sure what video game has claim to that title*, but I seriously doubt it will be Fable III.
Update: 5.07.2010 — ComputerandVideoGames.com reports that Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley will voice “The King of Mist Peak” in Fable 3:
“It’s very energising and good for us actors to realise that [acting] is so diverse now,” says Kingsley. “[Games] are as big a jump now as I suppose when cinema was invented, when people went from the stage to the cinema thinking: It’s not really acting, is it? Now, it’s video games – and it is acting. It’s very demanding.”
Update: 9.28.2010 — Lionhead Studios has released a video featuring the voice cast: Michael Fassbender, Simon Pegg, Sir Ben Kingsley, John Cleese, Zoë Wanamaker, Bernard Hill, Nicholas Hoult, Stephen Fry, and Jonathan Ross.
Thanks to GWIII for the heads-up on the video via Twitter.