Killzone 3: Guerrilla brought in Hollywood talent

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Killzone 2’s story was a little light on plot with somewhat two-dimensional characters. Guerrilla Games hopes to change that with Killzone 3, bringing in a little bit more professional talent.

The team has learnt a lot from the storytelling of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 2 — a lighthearted approach that builds contrast for the seriousness in key plot points. The game’s senior producer Steven Ter Heide tells Bitmob:

“I think what they did really well is take sort of a more lighthearted approach and not take themselves too seriously. And that’s something that people commented on Killzone 2 as well, that the game’s very serious, very dark. It’s not supposed to be a lighthearted war, but to be so dark and grim about it, it’s not going to help either. So we’re going to take a more lighthearted approach, and steer away from kind of the grim overtones that are so present in Killzone 2.

“It’s those kind of things that we take — and of course we’re looking at the cut-scenes, and how they did the facial animation, and what kind of things really worked for them — and try and translate that into what does that mean for a first-person game? Obviously we have a lot of different rules to work with, but at the same time that gives us our own twist on their ideas as well.”

The studio has also changed its team, bringing in new talent on the writing side:

“In terms of storytelling we’ve gotten in a writer specifically to write the story rather than have some of the guys on the team do it,” Ter Heide explains. “Let’s get somebody fresh in, take a look at the previous games, see what can be fixed, and see where we want to take the story.”

However, it’s not just new writing talent that’s coming on board, it’s new actors too. Guerrilla has decided to hire Hollywood actors in order to create a more believable cast. Though we don’t think you could beat the incredible Brian Cox as Visari.

“And at the same time we know that a lot of the strength of the story lies in your delivery, that’s something that obviously came from Uncharted as well,” Ter Heide adds. “If you’ve got some proper actors in there and the chemistry between the actors is good, they’ll start to kind of improvise on the lines and make the story a lot better, because it feels more natural that way. So we’re also looking to bring in a lot of Hollywood talent this time around to make sure that the chemistry is there, and the level of acting elevates the storytelling as well.”

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Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewert, Christopher Lee. Those are some names I just thought of. By the way, you can find Killzone 3 screenshots here, and in the following video from the PlayStation Blog below, you can see the first gameplay footage of Killzone 3.

Readers Comments (9)

  1. Oooh, Ian McKellan.

  2. Patrick Steen May 31, 2010 @ 08:41

    Oh, he’s not in it. It was just a wish list =)

  3. MM51-TheRealDeal May 31, 2010 @ 12:18

    killzone 3 multiplayer could be great, if they added a party system more game modes and put in a map rotation system
    i hated buying a map pack only to find there was 1 person in the world playing on it
    they also need to tweak their classes slightly, it was impossible to tell if i was disguised or not

  4. …..if Patrick Stewart was in Killzone 3 I would literally have a heart attack from the extra hype that would build up. Him, Liam Neeson, Terence Stamp, Brian Cox (although he’s already in the Killzone series), Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson etc. etc. there are tons of great actors out there that have amazing voices without even trying, if they can get even one of them in an important role it will make the story just that much better.

    For example, if Visari was not played by Brian Cox, he would just not be the same, and the Killzone games just wouldn’t be the same

  5. Kill the person that voices Rico and get a replacement. There I said it!

  6. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

  7. Doominator99 June 1, 2010 @ 07:24

    Killzone 3 is offically going to be perfect.

  8. cna training June 3, 2010 @ 19:26

    Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

  9. Marauding Pillager August 24, 2010 @ 03:30

    Let’s not forget Sean Pertwee is an awsome Hachka and Radec, even we could gain more voice actors I would love to definitely see Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Christopher Walken( lol), Malcolm McDowell, Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Michael Ironside, Jeremy Irons, Rip Torn, and possibily STeve Coogan when he has a somewhat more sinister, serious voice, like that of when he narrates Hamlet 2.

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