Destiny is replacing Peter Dinklage's voice with Nolan North's not because Bungie was dissatisfied with Dinklage's work, but because his acting commitments elsewhere made him less available to work when Bungie needed him.
Executive producer Mark Noseworthy told Game Informer it was "Hollywood nonsense" that led to Dinklage's departure. North, a prolific video game voice actor, is a better fit because "this is his thing.
"You can just call him up and say, 'Hey, next week we're doing this internal play test and it would be great to get some Ghost dialogue in there,'" Noseworthy said. "And he's available."
North takes over as Ghost, the AI companion to the player in the sci-fi shooter. Dinklage's acting raised eyebrows during the game's beta, in which his voice did not yet have the modulation or effects that made him sound like a nonhuman character. One line, "That wizard came from the moon," became a meme, was removed, then added back in.
North will replace all of Dinklage's work, so it's unknown if the wizard/moon line will return or if the entire script has been rewritten. He joins the game with its next expansion, The Taken King, which comes to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on Sept. 15. The Taken King will include a one-use boost to bring players to the minimum level needed to begin its story.
The expansion also raises the game's level cap to 40 from 34. A prologue introducing The Taken King's story is below.