A few days ago, the voice actor of the StarCraft II character Jim Raynor — Robert Clotworthy — revealed in Facebook he would be making a StarCraft-related announcement at the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS) America Finals on Sunday, August 11th.
Joshua Gray (Clutch) interviewed Robert Clotworthy (Jim Raynor) and James Harper (Emperor Mengsk). Robert finally revealed what the special announcement was — and it was authorized by Blizzard Entertainment.
Clutch: Jim, any hints — of what you can say — of what’s going to happen?
Clotworthy: Well, let’s just put it this way. I spoke to Blizzard and they allowed me to say this: We have begun the voice recording for StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.
So about a week and a half ago, we were in the studio with a couple of the other actors, and we started to work on it. So hopefully we’ll have it out not in a distant future.
Around 5:21:45 in the VOD, the following was revealed:
Clutch: You announced that Legacy of the Void — you started work on it.
Clotworthy: That was a special surprise. I don’t think anybody knows we were actually at the studio. There’s been a lot of speculation as to where the game was, and I wanted to let fans know that the story has already been written, a lot of the cinematics have been done, and the voice actors are in the studio and working on it now. Blizzard will put it out when the game is ready.
I have seen the story, and I’m telling you — there are some surprises, some twists, some turns, it’s going to be really exciting.
Clutch: “The Protoss will be unleashed” — that’s Chris Metzen’s words for Legacy of the Void.
I have one special announcement. Speaking of fans, we have fans all around the world. But some of our best fans are in Canada. Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m happy to announce that the Season 3 Finals for the WCS will be taking place in Toronto, Canada in October.
This is very significant. It’s highly possible that Blizzard Entertaiment might be showcasing StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void at BlizzCon 2013 this upcoming November 8-9.
From past experiences, it is possible Blizzard might show a cinematic teaser, some single player gameplay and/or have hands-on demo stations at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is all speculation at this point.
The interview began at 5:08:30 in the following video:
Our hero Robert Clotworthy, who plays the voice of Jim Raynor in StarCraft II, posted on Facebook that he has an important StarCraft-related announcement to make this Sunday, August 11th during an interview with Joshua Gray (known as Clutch).
“Look for an important StarCraft announcement from me during my live interview with Josh “Clutch” Gray on Sunday. Any guesses as to what that might be?” — said Robert Clotworthy.
Now what could this announcement be? Especially when Blizzard Entertainment has no scheduled announcements to make until GamesCom and BlizzCon?
Is it about StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void? Is it about Blizzard All-Stars which features Jim Raynor? Is it a StarCraft II novel going audiobook featuring Robert’s voice? Or something else?
What do you guys think? (plays Beethoven’s 5th, below) — source
Yesterday’s broadcast last about 8 hours, so it’s impossible to determine at what time in specific the interview takes place other than watching the entire thing, or waiting for Blizzplanet to post the news. The interviews happen usually after a StarCraft II match ends. The livestream will be here: — http://wcs.battle.net/sc2/en
The Rumor Mill gear continues to grind and its smoking chimneys to brisk. Browsing through YouTube, I unearthed a video posted by actress Tricia Helfer the day after StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm launched (March 12). She mentioned she did some voicing for another video game, but couldn’t talk about it, and just teased. She didn’t mention if this new video game is for another studio, but considering she was talking about Blizzard’s StarCraft II — it’s open to individual interpretation. Look it up in the video at 03:15.
That reminded me, a few weeks ago I reported that actor Robert Clotworthy (Jim Raynor) had been recording at Blizzard’s voice over studio on June 12. Robert tweeted the Bourbon Cowboy was at the studio. Old-school fans know that “Bourbon Cowboy” is a nickname attached to “Chris Metzen” (Senior VP of Creative/Story Development).
A fan responded to Robert’s tweet mocking that the Legacy of the Void voice over session had been spoiled. However, Robert Clotworthy responded: “Don’t jump to conclusions.”
Legacy of the Void should be in a very early infancy considering the developers just launched Heart of the Swarm 3 months before Robert’s tweet. Too soon to start recording voice over for the single player. Tricia recorded that other game session prior to the launch of Heart of the Swarm.
With Robert asking not to jump to conclusions (It’s was not a voice over for Legacy of the Void) one has to wonder what else would Tricia and Robert be recording their voice for? If you look the Blizzard All-Stars was formerly named Blizzard DOTA. In the early logo you can clearly see the silhoutte of Kerrigan and Jim Raynor.
Either both actors recorded the cinematic teaser of Blizzard All-Stars to be shown at BlizzCon 2013 on November 8, or the Blizzard All-Stars gameplay demo required their voice overs. Of course, take all these as blatant speculation.