Thirty-four years ago this month, the Star Wars universe expanded with the publication of Marvel Comics’ Star Wars Issue #7, “New Planets, New Perils.” The volume of officially licensed Star Wars works, set in years before and after the original six Star Wars films, which followed this publication are known as the “Expanded Universe.” One of the latest additions to the Expanded Universe, released last month by BioWare and LucasArts, is the on-line game “Star Wars: The Old Republic.” This massively-multiplayer on-line game centered on the classic Republic vs. Sith battle takes place thousands of years ahead of the Darth Vader Era.
The Star Wars Expanded Universe has been good for voice over actors with opportunities in video games, audiobooks, animated series, documentaries and more. However, for voice actors, the force was with this new game. Star Wars: The Old Republic has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Largest Entertainment Voice Over Project of all Time.” Indeed, the script for Star Wars: The Old Republic includes over 200,000 lines and was recorded by well over 100 voice actors. The Developers Blog for the game offers a great behind the scenes look at the voice-over production that went into the project. While there, be sure to check out the trailers to hear some of the acting. Amazing work and record breaking… Have you played the game, what do you think? Have you voiced a video game, what was the process like?
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