"My name's Robert Locksley. This is my stream, & I will be heard."
It's been a few months since we were first introduced to indie developer Mike Bithell's next project, but after weeks of teasing over Twitter it was announced this evening that BAFTA Award winner Danny Wallace and YouTube celebrity Charlie McDonnell will be voicing the main characters for stealth-based puzzler Volume. On top of this, we also learned the first details about the story, which is essentially a modern-day retelling of the Robin Hood legend, with more details to be found after the jump.
"Our game tells the story of Robert Locksley, a petty thief who stumbles upon a volume, a training simulator used to train the forces of an ongoing military coup," Mike Bithell explained in a press release issued earlier today. "With a matter of hours until he is found, and an excellent internet connection, he hatches a plan to broadcast simulations of robbery against England's wealthiest, to demonstrate to the nation's poorest. With the assistance of the volume's tutorial AI he sets out to become the world's first crime let's player. Along the way, he'll draw the attention of Gisborne, architect of the revolution, and many potential allies."
Playing the main character of Robert Locksley is Charlie McDonnell, best known for his YouTube channel Charlieissocoollike which currently has over two million subscribers. Bithell himself said in a tweet published a few weeks ago that opinion of those that knew the casting prior to today's announcement had be divisive, and while I can see the merit of choosing McDonnell I can sense there will be some interesting feedback on the news.
However, it's not too surprising to learn that Danny Wallace is once again lending his voice to a Mike Bithell game. He will be playing the role of the "friendly if slightly weaponry obsessed AI" that helps Locksley in his mission. Along with narrating Thomas Was Alone, Wallace has also done voice-acting duties for the Assassin's Creed series, and has an impressive resume of writing and directing credits to his name.
Both McDonnell and Wallace will be joining veteran games journalist Jim Sterling, whose joined the cast after a Twitter conversation with Bithell last month.
Our very own Matt got hands-on with Volume at this year's Eurogamer Expo, saying it made a great first impression at this early stage. You can read his impressions piece here, as well as watch Matt's video interview with Mike Bithell here. Volume is currently being developed for PC and PS4, and is expected to release at some point in 2014.