The original voice actor for Kratos in God of War won't be returning to voice the Spartan warrior. Sony Monica has taken a new direction in casting actor Christopher Judge, who will take on the role of Kratos in Sony's God of War 4.
This comes as a surprising revelation to many fans of the GOW series, as Terrence C. Carson has been the voice of Kratos since God of War 1 (2005), until his final game, God of War: Ascension which released on PlayStation 3 in 2013. This is the first time Terrence Carson has not been cast as the Fallen God.
Christopher Judge, of course, is well known for his role as Teal'c from Stargate SG-1 but this isn't the first time Judge has voiced a video game character. Remember D-Mob from EA's Def Jam Vendetta? Judge provided his voice for the character in 2003. He was also the mouthpiece for Jericho in Turok (2008).
When God of War 4 was unveiled at Sony's E3 Conference, there was a lot of confusion as to why Kratos didn't sound like his usual self. In time people soon realised that Terrance was no longer the voice of Kratos.
Kratos is best-known for his voice and since his debut as a speaking character; Terrance’s execution is what made the character what it is. It is Terrance’s boisterous voice and distinct vocal mannerisms that has outlined the character of Kratos for all of the series’ western crowd.
To change this important facet of Kratos would be somewhat similar as if Naughty Dog was changing Nathan Drake’s voice in Uncharted 4 from Nolan North to Leonardo Dicaprio. So it's surprising that Sony Monica has gone in a completely new direction with Kratos, in not only appearance but also voice actor.
It's no secret that Terrance will be missed for his dedicated work of voicing Kratos for a decade and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours. Still, Sony Monica choosing Christopher Judge as the new voice actor for Kratos wasn't a bad idea in the slightest.
Judge has an amazing voice and hearing him portray older Kratos is very fitting
Judge has an amazing voice and hearing him portray older Kratos is very fitting, which is why we aren't surprised that Sony Monica went with Judge for their new GOW PlayStation 4 title. It was a great casting choice and Christopher Judge is the perfect fit for Kratos
TC Carston took to his twitter earlier this morning to let fans know that Sony had ultimately decided to go in a new direction with God of War 4 and this meant that Carston wasn't returning to his leading role as Kratos.
Right from the beginning, it was evident that this was going to be a different God of War game. What do you think of Christopher Judge as the new voice of Kratos? Do you think he'll do a better job than Terrance Carson? Let us know in the comments below.