Dinklebot is Dead – Nolan North Takes Over as Destiny’s Ghost
In the oddest bit of news to ever come out of Bungie’s co-op space-gun opera, the role of your floating AI companion Ghost, voiced by Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage since the game’s launch last year, has been recast.
Criticisms of Dinklage’s half-awake delivery date all the way back to Destiny’s Alpha. The (usually very good) actor puts as much emotion into the role as a 60-year-old high school teacher puts into roll call. His Ben Stein impression can be heard across every single on-disc mission. It wasn’t much of a surprise that Bungie deliberately forgot to write any dialogue for the Dinkster in either of the game’s expansions.
But Ghost is back for September’s massive expansion, The Taken King, but this time he’ll have the pipes of Mr. Nolan North (Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed) to voice him to life. North was initially brought in to lay vocals down for only the third expansion, but Bungie fell in love with the veteran’s performance, going as far as to re-record every line with him.
“They really wanted me to put my stamp on it. They let me bring what I wanted to the role,” North said to Game Informer. “You have to give it your own spin.” North isn’t kidding when he says he aims to make the character his own. The actor refused to hear anything his predecessor had already recorded to avoid affecting his take on Ghost.
And Nolan apparently hopes to take ownership over the character for a long time to come. “I’m hoping we’re doing this for years. If I get a chance to continue with the role, I think we can evolve Ghost as we move forward over the years. In the same way that the player learns about the game and the world, maybe the Ghost grows with them.”
Maybe, Nolanbot. Maybe.