While Troy Baker voiced Yuri Lowell in Tales of Vesperia, recent English footage of Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition reveals someone else speaking new lines.
In a recent Tokyo Game Show trailer, we can see (and hear) new content. Yet, Yuri sounds a little different than usual at times. Twitter user FeatherHoof noticed the difference:
Oh wow. @TroyBakerVA obviously did not come back to voice Yuri in #TalesofVesperia Definitive Edition for the new scenes. You can hear him at the beginning of the video, but then check out his voice during the Patty scene in the forest. Jarringly different
~ @Featherhoof, September 20th 2018
For those who wish to compare from the trailer in question as well, the scenes at 00:40 – 01:20, 02:06 – 02:11, and 03:13 -3:43 have Yuri speaking. Featherhoof suggests the scene at 00:40 – 1:20 is of Baker, while the subsequent scenes are not.
Baker noticed the tweet and responded:
….wow. Yeah, had no idea about this. Was never approached to do any additional lines/scenes. Pretty gutted, to be honest. Love this character so much, would’ve jumped at the chance to step into those boots again.
~ @TroyBakerVA, September 21th 2018
This is not the first time Baker has had a character he voiced have a different voice actor. Valvatorez in Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten was originally voiced by Baker, however additional lines in DLC were voiced by Matt Mercer. Why this was done has not been made public.
Baker was involved with the voice actor and actress’ strike of 2016. While this ended after 11 months, many began to speculate if some had been ousted from prominent roles because of it; starting with David Hayter being replaced by Keifer Sutherland as Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. While Hayter was involved with the strike, there were allegedly other factors surrounding his replacement.
What do you all think? Do you want Baker to return for additional lines? Does this new voice actor manage to fit in well? Sound off in the comments below!
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is launching worldwide for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One on January 11th, 2019.