The entire cast of Critical Role, the Twitch show where voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons live, has been added to the cast of Pillars Of Eternity 2: Deadfire.
The announcement was made via Obsidian's Twitter page, with an announcement from Matthew Mercer, Critical Role's resident dungeon master (and the voice of Eder and Aloth in the first Pillars OF Eternity game). What starts off as him being excited to be returning to voice those characters again in the sequel eventually turns into an over-excited Critical Role love-in as the rest of the party chimes in that they all want parts in the game, too.
Absent from the video is Ashley Johnson (Ellie in The Last Of Us, and other projects including The Avengers). You probably recognize the other voice actors from their work in video games, cartoons, and anime. After Matt Mercer introduces himself, Travis Willingham and Laura Bailey appear. Travis is best known as the voice of Knuckles the Echidna in the Sonic series, as well as Roy Mustang in the English dub of Fullmetal Alchemist. Laura voices Nadine Ross in the Uncharted franchise, and Jaina Proudmore in World Of Warcraft, among dozens of other credits. Taliesin Jaffey has starred in numerous anime productions, including Hellsing. Marisha Ray is next, with credits including Margaret in Persona 4. Sam Riegel is, among other roles, Pheonix Wright in Ace Attorney series. Liam O'Brien is the last to arrive - he was the voice of Gollum in the Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor game, and also gives voice direction for games and TV.
The pairing of Critical Role and Pillars Of Eternity is good one; CR is, alongside The Adventure Zone and Penny Arcade's Acquisitions Incoroprated, one of the premiere D&D advocates of the time. Pillars Of Eternity, for its part, is inspired both mechanically and thematically by the Dungeons and Dragons video games of yesteryear - Baldur's Gate especially, but also Neverwinter Nights.
Pillars Of Eternity 2: Deadfire releases on the 8th of May, 2018, for PC and Mac, and will appear on every major console (including the Switch) in the second half of the year.