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Baldur’s Gate 3’s narrator reveals unusual initial brief for role

The Baldur's Gate 3 narrator is great, but voice actor Amelia Tyler reveals it was almost a lot more like the iconic Disney villain Scar from The Lion King.

Baldur's Gate 3 EGX narrator Amelia Tyler inspiration: an image of Lae'zel with Scar from Disney's Lion King

If there’s one part of Baldur’s Gate 3 that really makes it stand out as an excellent experience, it’s the narration and the narrator herself (sorry, Astarion fans). Guiding players through their adventures with poise and precision is far from easy, but Amelia Tyler sets the tone of every scene and does a fantastic job at delivering the good news, the bad news, and everything else throughout Larian Studios’ RPG. However, things really could have been quite different. During an EGX panel discussing the game with some of its cast, Tyler reveals that the Baldur’s Gate 3 narrator initially inspired by one of Disney’s most iconic villains.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is – without a doubt – one of the best RPG games of the year. In fact, you could argue that it’s one of the best games we’ve ever been fortunate enough to play. Of course, combat and world-building play a part, but the best Baldur’s Gate 3 companions and the Baldur’s Gate 3 cast really do elevate the experience to another level – and that very-much includes the performance of narrator Amelia Tyler. Discussing being cast during an EGX panel on October 12 named “Q&A with the Actors of Baldur’s Gate 3”, which we were fortunate enough to attend, Tyler reveals that the initial brief she was given to work with by Larian Studios was actually the villainous Scar from The Lion King.

As you can see around the 08:30 mark in the Twitch VOD of the EGX panel below, Tyler admits that “the first version of the narrator that we went for, the brief was ‘Scar from The Lion King”.

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“It’s essentially that smirk of ‘oh, so you think?'”, Tyler adds. “Slowly as we started to develop it… we gave it more of a character”.

Baldur’s Gate 3 ended up with 17 different narration styles, according to Tyler, all of which change depending on the character you’re playing, which is far from a bad thing; however, you really have to wonder how incredible the narration would have been if it had the gravitas of Jeremy Irons’ Scar from Disney’s The Lion King.

We’re not sure the near-pompous sense of authority and Scar’s drawn out syllables would suit every situation you’re met with in Baldur’s Gate 3, but there would be some instances where it would work wonderfully. We don’t know about you, but now we’re going to be specifically listening out for any moments where a little bit of Scar has slipped into the narration. You have to imagine there are a few lines somewhere, right?

You can check out some narration from Baldur’s Gate 3 here, if you’re wondering what it all sounds like sans Scar from The Lion King. We should say, there are spoilers ahead – so, avoid if you’re wanting to go into it as fresh as possible.

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If you’re on the hunt for a little more from that EGX panel, you can read up on how Baldur’s Gate 3 star Dave Jones reacts to that bear scene you can’t stop thinking about. Yes, that one. We also have more on how this one Baldur’s Gate 3 spell is essentially a cheat code, and what you should pick if you want the best Baldur’s Gate 3 class right here.