Ubisoft Dubbing Splinter Cell: Conviction For Japan

By Ishaan . March 9, 2010 . 10:34am

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According to a poll conducted by publisher Spike last month, Japanese gamers prefer dubs in their native language for shooters and action-adventure games from the west. Judging by the poll, Ubisoft are making the right choice by dubbing Splinter Cell: Conviction in Japanese for its April 28 release in Japan.

 

Among the voice talent recruited for the game are Atsuko Tanaka and Rikiya Koyama — Major Motoko Kusanagi and Hideo Kuze, respectively — from GITS: Stand Alone Complex. Here’s a list of the seiyuu that will star in Conviction. It’s a fairly star-studded cast:

 

Sam Fisher: Tesshō Genda

Jeffrey Thomas Reed: Rikiya Koyama

Victor Coste: Norio Wakamoto

Anna "Grim" Grimsdóttír: Atsuko Tanaka

Kobin and Lee: Hisao Egawa

 

Tesshō Genda, playing the lead role of Sam Fisher, is also cast as the Japanese voice of Kratos in the God of War games. Ubisoft have stated in the past that breaking into the Japanese market is amongst their long-term goals, so it’s nice to see them putting effort into localizing their key products.

 

Splinter Cell: Conviction is rated CERO C (15 and above) in Japan. Ubisoft intend to release a Japanese demo of the game for Xbox 360 owners to try out in the near future.


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  • Hraesvelgr

    Urgh, Norio Wakamoto… I know a lot of people like him (mostly for laughs, it seems), but I find his voice to be too annoying/unfitting outside of a couple of roles.

    Well, I guess it’s not like I’ll be playing this in Japanese, anyway.

  • Aoshi00

    Wow, you can’t get a more manly cast than that… Genda Tesshou was awesome, he was younger Toguro in Yu Yu Hakusho and Ryujin-maru in Mashin Eiyuuden, loved the guy’s deep and cool voice, always like Koyama Rikiya too. Wakamoto Norio is just so iconic as Cell from DBZ, it’s hard to imagine him playing other things, but he’s a very cool voice.It’s nice they’re dubbing dialog intensive games, you just can’t read subtitles like that.. Too bad Bioshock 2 is not getting a Jpn dub like the first game, maybe it’s not too popular in Jpn. I’ve played like around 7-8 chapters of Heavy Rain last night (just got to Madison), and tonight I’m replaying them again in Jpn and getting the missing trophies, two birds w/ one stone :) Ethan Mars is by Miyamoto Mitsuru (Roger in The Big O, also the Jpn Ethan Hawke voice, funny the music sounds like Gattaca’s..), and Hirata Hiroaki (Balthier in FFXII, Sanji in One Piece) as Norman Jayden, sounds pretty cool. Shelby sounds like very different in Jpn, a badass in a different sort of way. I must say the Jpn dub is very well done, actually Ethan Mars sounds a lot better in Jpn than the Eng. voice.

    • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

      I’m curious to see if they dub Red Steel 2 as well, especially given its setting. To be honest, that’s one game I’d actually prefer to play with Japanese voices. It’s so anime-esque in concept.

      Yea, that’s one hell of a cast for Splinter Cell. I love, love, love Atsuko Tankaka. Both her and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn did such a fantastic job on Motoko (I actually prefer watching that show dubbed in English though). Haha…be nice, the day we can have dual-audio tracks in every game, just for the heck for it.

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