This morning I sat down and watched a video highlighting the voice cast of Final Fantasy XV. They’re being treated like actors, like craftsmen, and I think that’s really quite wonderful. They’re not hidden in the shadows, never revealed to the world for what they do. They talk about the inspiration for how they voice the characters, a bit of detail on the characters themselves, and it’s all really quite lovely. Of course we have it here for you, so fear not! I don’t think they could’ve picked better actors for a lot of them. Prompto in particular felt real, and he felt like he was more than the “comedy relief guy”. Sure, he’s funny and clumsy and kind of a dolt, but he felt real. That’s something we’ve been missing out on. Far too many RPGs [including the FF franchise] don’t really give those funny characters a lot of reason for why they are how they are. What are they hiding from? What makes them tick? This game is going to be deep and I can feel it.
The other thing I sort of worried about was the notion of only using “Popular Anime Voice Actors”. Some of them I love [Laura Bailey, Nolan North, Steve Blum], and some of them I don’t like quite as much [Johnny Yong Bosch]. The cast they picked aren’t new by any means, some of them appearing in shows like NCIS, Rick and Morty, Sailor Moon, TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan. So there is a lot of range, depth and talent going into this. Sure they didn’t use the standard guys that are found in a Viz or Funimation dub, but I’m really glad to see who they have. To give you an idea, here is the main cast as I know it:
● Ray Chase (Xenoblade Chronicles X, Killer Instinct) as Noctis
● Adam Croasdell (Shadow of Mordor, Reign, NCIS, Once Upon a Time) as Ignis
● Robbie Daymond (Sailor Moon, TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan) as Prompto
● Chris Parson (Overwatch, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Rango) as Gladio
● Jim Pirri (Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, The Penguins of Madagascar) as Regis
● Amy Shiels (Twin Peaks remake, Call of Duty: Black Ops) as Luna
● Matt Mercer (Overwatch, Resident Evil, Fallout 4) as Cor
● Darin De Paul (Overwatch, Doom, Star Wars: The Old Republic) as Ardyn
● Kari Wahlgren (Rick and Morty, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness) as Aranea
Personally I think the names are a little silly, but I love the voices. My favorite character so far is definitely Ardyn. Are you still excited? Rather hear the JP voices? Let me know below!