Ninja Theory does not replace voice actors with AI
Reports were circulating yesterday that Ninja Theory, the developers of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, used AI technology to replace voice actors. Ninja Theory has now responded online to clarify the situation, and that’s good news. AI voice work is only used for timing and placement in early development work, and is not used in the final product.
The report from GLHF, in an article that explores how voice actors in the gaming industry are concerned about their work. The field of AI is advancing rapidly, as new companies emerge seeking to provide AI alternatives to human pursuits. Altered AI is one such company, with a library of digital voices that can be used by game developers to record their own dialogue and convert it to other voices and give them to their characters.
GLHF then specified Ninja Theory as one of those developers using this technology. This sparked concerns online that the studio would replace voice actors in their games with AI equivalents. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice focuses heavily on metaphorical storytelling, so well expressed through the voice work performances of the talented voice cast. The game is often considered a work of art for the way it tells a complex story of struggle and psychosis. Ninja Theory quickly took to Twitter to clarify the situation with the following statement.
No. For clarity, we use this AI technology for placeholder content only to help us understand things like timing and placement in the early stages of development. We then collaborate with real actors whose performances are central to bringing our stories to life. https://t.co/Nz9F1NXOGD
— Ninja Theory (@NinjaTheory) September 23, 2022
Voice actors are an underrated part of video game craftsmanship, so we’re understandably relieved to hear that the AI work is only done for development, not the final game. What do you think of the use of AI technology in games? Let us know in the comments below and keep an eye on GameLuster for more gaming news.