Voice Actors Launching S.W.A.A.T., A Free New Game Development Initiative
How often does in-game dialogue ruin a playthrough? Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor immediately jumps to mind, but it’s far from the only culprit. Thankfully, some talented voice actors have decided to help end the mediocre script forever with a new initiative.
Jennifer Hale, Cissy Jones, and Sara Elmaleh joined forces to create the Specialized Workshops and Actor Tactics program (S.W.A.A.T.). The organization aims to help strengthen stories in video games by drawing upon years of experience in the industry. One might think that the personal services of Commander Shepard would cost a pretty penny, but one would be wrong. S.W.A.A.T. is completely free and available for developers of all shapes and sizes.
The team has extensive experience in the field. Hale, Jones, and Elmaleh have worked on both major triple-A hits (Mass Effect, Red Dead Redemption 2, Darksiders 3) and incredible indie titles (Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, Masquerada: Songs and Shadows). That diversity should pay off when the organization began operating. The services offered sound like absolute musts for developers struggling to find those perfect lines.
Here’s what S.W.A.A.T. does in their own words:
“S.W.A.A.T. (Specialized Workshops And Actor Tactics) is an elite team of actors and motion capture performance artists who bring years of experience and specialized training to help hone in on issues with script writing, actor blocking, and character development. This elite team of actors seasoned in motion capture performance, stage blocking, theater, voice acting for video games, radio, and animated television shows and feature films is essentially a free tool which garners high reward when deployed, abating potential risks to your project and saving you time and money.
“S.W.A.A.T team members can be invaluable and unmatched in situations that stretch beyond the capabilities of in-house staffers who will sometimes take on a character role at a table read. Give your project the power and depth it deserves and deploy the team that brings ‘something special’ that connects with players and launches hugely popular titles and projects.”
That sounds like an absolute gold mine for aspiring developers. I expect that indie devs will line up to employ this dynamic team of voice actors. Their influence should bring about better stories and scripts, thereby making gaming better for devs and players alike.
For more information on this service, check out the company’s website here.
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Drew is a freelance writer for DFTG. He's the former Managing Editor of Haogamers and has been published in the Chicago Tribune and The Paragon Journal. He also edited the novel Three Brightnesses and Artist Journey: Rachta Lin (2016 and 2017 editions).