Sony Online Ent. Inc. (SOE) has tapped some major talent to voice main characters in EverQuest II, the upcoming sequel to its hugely popular massively multiplayer online game. Legendary British actor Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars–Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars–Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) will again play the bad guy as Lucan D’Lere and Hollywood star Heather Graham (Austin Powers in The Spy Who Shagged Me, Boogie Nights) will voice Antonia Bayle, leader of the forces of good.
According to Sony, EverQuest II will feature more than 130 hours of spoken dialog, the equivalent of more than 65 feature films. "The voiceover component of EverQuest II is a huge project that has already raised the bar for future MMO games,” says Sony Online Ent. president John Smedley. "Both [Lee and Graham] deliver compelling performances for our players that blur the line between blockbuster Hollywood films and interactive gaming."
Having appeared in more than 200 films, including many of the classic horror pics from legendary Hammer Studios, Lee goes interactive as the 1000-year-old, immortal overlord of the evil city of Freeport. While Lee was cut from the theatrical version of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, his voice will get four hours of screen time in the finished video game.
Graham’s character will deliver approximately 300 of the 70,000 lines of dialog in the game, which will get even more voice tracks as new quests are added after launch.
EverQuest II is scheduled for a simultaneously release in North America and Europe later in the year.