We noted earlier in the week that it was a little strange to have a trailer for the upcoming Thief reboot that didn't have Stephen Russell voicing Garrett.
Eidos Montreal have revealed that the decision was made to go with a new actor so that they could record both voice and motion capture simultaneously for a more authentic and synchronised performance, echoing Michael Ironside's step away from the character of Sam Fisher in Ubisoft's Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
"Stephen was considered quite heavily," said Eidos Montreal's narrative director Steven Gallagher. "We actually had him in for some preliminary vocal recordings in fact."
"Yes, it was actually very early during development at that time that we had him involved, before we made the decision to record our actor's voices and their movement at the same time using a full performance capture technique," added audio director Jean-Christophe Verbert.
Linking full performance capture together with voic acting is something that has become mre and more prevalent over the past couple of years, and Eidos felt it was the best move for their reboot.
"With the new visual of Garrett we'd created, we found that there was a disconnect that we couldn't ignore between the concepted character and Stephen's voice today," Gallagher explained.
"We're absolutely huge fans of Stephen's work on the classic Thief games. But when it came down to it, we ultimately realised that holding onto Steven as the voice of Garrett just for the sake of our nostalgia would be like wanting to cast Sean Connery again in the new 007 movies... It's a nice thought, but honestly, it wouldn't make sense for anything else other than nostalgia."
"To answer your question directly, the actor playing Garrett needed to be able to perform his own stunts," Verbert said.
"Garrett's a really athletic guy. We could have pasted Stephen's voice on top of the actions and stunts of someone else, but this wouldn't appear natural. It really wouldn't make any sense to capture the full performance for our other characters, but not for our star." [EG]