Is Jennifer Hale Recording Voice for Mass Effect 4?
Here’s something to take your mind off the fact that uPlay is down and Watch_Dogs can’t be played online at the moment.
Earlier today, voice actor Jennifer Hale, probably best known for her three-game turn as Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect series, tweeted this little tidbit:
this is all I will reveal about this morning… pic.twitter.com/8BubZpbhom
— Jennifer Hale (@jhaletweets) May 27, 2014
Now, not to fly off the handle, but that image looks awfully N7-ish to me, mirroring the black, white and red color scheme usually associated with Mass Effect and the elite soldiers of humanity’s Systems Alliance in the game. We already know BioWare is in the throes of a fourth Mass Effect game and has been for some time, although the image (which could be canted angle) is an unfamiliar logo to me if it even is one. There’s wood grain visible in the image that suggests it’s a wall hanging, so my speculation is that it’s something BioWare has hanging in-studio.
So could Hale be recording for Mass Effect 4?
Well, in a word: definitely. And that’s not just because of her role as Shepard, either. Hale does voice work all over the games industry, often providing multiple voices for the same game. She voiced two major characters in the opening cinematic of Knack, for example, and these were characters standing in the same room together; she also voices multiple characters in BioWare’s own Star Wars: The Old Republic.
So it’s possible for Hale to be a part of the game without the game being Shepard-focused, as BioWare has said. Our money is on a prequel, but
Of course, all that reasoning why Hale could be in a new Mass Effect game is just as good in suggesting this is something else. Hale is so prolific that that logo could be literally anything. But the tease-ish nature of the tweet, the fact that Hale’s very tuned into the Mass Effect fan community, the colors and the angular aesthetic all point me toward Mass Effect.
Anyway, we’ve reached out to BioWare for a comment. Nobody hold your breath, though.
I don’t usually like to write things like this, but I couldn’t resist the chance to invite “lots of speculation for everyone!” Feel free to weigh in in the comments.