Freddie Prinze Jr. has been revealed as the voice of the Qunari mercenary Iron Bull in Dragon Age: Inquisition.
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Mass Effect 3 was the one to have space marine James Vega played by Freddie Prinze Jr, a man who perhaps more readily brings to mind bad teen comedies than images of muscle bound alpha males. As skeptical as some perhaps were of him, however, he pulled it off, delivering a solid performance that won over many Mass Effect fans. Now, it’s been announced that Prinze Jr. will be returning for another round of voice in Bioware’s next big RPG, Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Speaking in a video recently released by Bioware, Prinze Jr. revealed that he’ll be voicing the character Iron Bull, a Qunari mercenary that will ally himself with the player at some point during the game. According to Prinze Jr, Iron Bull will be a Qunari unlike any that series fans have seen in the past.
“He’s very very complicated,” he said, speaking in the video. “He’s the opposite of any Qunari you’ve experienced in the franchise.” Unlike other Qunari seen in the series, Iron Bull will apparently be a less grim and more of scoundrel, bouncing back and forth between causes as he sees fit. While he will apparently possess a healthy fear of demons, Prinze Jr. described him as being more like the “James Bond” of Qunari.
Just personally, I’m not sure how well I like that idea. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for characters who play against the clichés of their type or race. That said, the philosophical dourness of the Qunari has always been one of my favorite parts of Dragon Age and I can’t help but wonder if Inquisition might be losing something by giving that up. What do you think? Are you excited for Freddie Prinze Jr’s return to the realm of voice acting and what’s your take on Iron Bull?