The day before the launch of the highly anticipated Battlefield 4, EA Games released the Multiplayer Trailer for the video game created by DICE. Right around the one minute mark, a guy sounding awfully like the Noob (Brent Triplett), a character in the popular animated web series, Battlefield Friends, drives an ATV off a skyscraper, screaming, “LEVOLUTION” as he crashes into a helicopter. If you look at the more than 7,500 comments, the fans instantly recognized the voice. After all, that high-pitched energy is unmistakable. Haven’t seen it yet? Check it out!
Not even a day after the launch of BF4, youtube videos began popping up. People would swear up and down they heard the voices of the Medic (Nate Panning) and the Engineer (Jon Etheridge) from Battlefield Friends in the game. Like this video for example.
After 1,000s of comments and multiple videos like these, the secret is out. Wilmington, NC’s own Hank and Jed Movie Pictures has FINALLY admitted it. “Yes, we’re in Battlefield 4.” Okay, it might not be a secret as so many have posted about it, but at least it is official now.
So, how did this come about? I caught up with DICE’s Voice Over Designer, Viktor Israelsson, all the way in Stockholm, Sweden. There’s actually no crazy story to attach. He simply emailed the guys and asked them.
“Being a big BFF (Battlefield Friends) fan myself and also being a fan of underground animation culture (such as Newgrounds.com and similar), I simply thought it would be cool to have the BFF crew in the game,” said Isreaelsson. “Working with Voice Over, it was largely up to me and my colleague, Ludvig Kullberg, to find and pick characters for the multi-player and some small part single-player characters.”
Brent Triplett, Jon Etheridge, Tony Schnur and Nate Panning recorded at Post 1200, a post-production facility in Wilmington, NC. They all agreed on what an amazing experience it was to work with Viktor.
“When we first started making BFFs we thought it would be great if the developers would someday be aware of our show,” the Hank and Jed team stated. “Now years later being invited to be a voice in the game was an honor for all of us. Working with Viktor was great, he doesn’t know it yet, but we are all moving in with him next summer.”
Israelsson concurs. “Working with the BFFs was an awesome experience. All of them are really talented voice actors in the first place, and not just the humorous parts. They are all very professional, and in between they’re as fun as you’d expect them to be. The BFF recording sessions were a blast!”
Now if you are wondering about any other surprises the DICE team has in store for you, well you will just have to play the game. If you ask the Noob about any BF4 secrets, you know exactly what he will say. See below.
Photo Credits 2013 Anthony Pagliaro
Hank and Jed Links:
Battlefield Friends on Facebook
Hank and Jed on YouTube
Hank and Jed on Twitter
Hank and Jed’s Web Site
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