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:

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.


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6 Comments on Is Jennifer Hale Recording Voice for Mass Effect 4?

fethski

On May 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

If’s for a brand new character for ME then great. If it’s for a shoehorned cameo that lets us know Shepard survived ME3 or is somehow prequel related then a very big meh.

T. Jetfuel

On May 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Well, it is our duty to speculate. That’s how The Commander The Shepard “saved” the Galaxy!

Yeah, it’s very likely that Jennifer Hale will be in Mass Effect: Plan 4 From Outer Space. Not only is she in about 70% of all games, BW sure liked escorting her to all those Red Carpet Awards Shows where the Industry come together for hearty backslapping. Having her play someone other than the protagonist is just the kind of tasteful way of stressing the need to Move On from the original trilogy that corporate showbiz prefers.

Plus my expert interweb investigation came up with several instances of “Tweetering” contact between Ms. Hale and one Manveer Heir of B-Ware Montreal, who were only involved in the non-Hale MP parts of ME3. The smoking M-77 Paladin, if you will.

AxΣtwin

On May 27, 2014 at 11:16 pm

She’s a pretty popular voice actress, I wouldn’t be surprised if she were shemping.

SweetPea

On May 28, 2014 at 3:00 am

I really hope it’s not a prequel, and I don’t believe it is.

I read this back in november:
http://www.gamerhub.tv/articles/rumor-next-mass-effect-game-likely-a-post-trilogy-title/2013/11/25/

It could be fake of course, but still.

Crayon

On May 28, 2014 at 6:57 am

They could cast Al Pacino and it wouldn’t make any difference. The game is nothing more than a shameless cash cow from an increasingly soulless developer completely bereft of new ideas under the direction of the most creatively bankrupt and morally shameless tosser in recent gaming history. The series is dead, it is done.

Hemlock3630

On May 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

There’s a followup tweet that showed she’s in LA at Paramount Studios….