The best-selling novelist of 40,000 Dan Abnett has been announced as the co-writer of Fatshark Warhammer’s upcoming cooperative game 40,000: Darktide. However, this is not the first time the author has written a video game. He co-wrote Alien: Isolation and was responsible for writing the orcs, and only the orcs, in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and its sequel Shadow of War.
“I hired both games specifically to write this dialogue and create these characters,” he recalls. "I don't remember, I think the first time was 60 [orcs], there was more the second time." Thanks to the Nemesis system, each orc would remember what happened in your previous encounter with them and would have answers as they suited their personality, which Abnett created from scratch. “I have to say that once you’re over 30 orcs, you’re really struggling to think,‘ What can a different orc be? How can I do it any other way? "But it was fun."
I have fond memories of the orc who sarcastically pretended to worry about my health when we met, saying things like, "You look sick! Do you need a cup of broth before you cut your throat?" And the one who started a battle by saying, "Your threats have no feathers! They don't fly." This is a hell of a thing that can be heard before a fight to the death. I had to think about it for a while and it left me out of the game. Saying all these things with Cockney accents only makes them more memorable.
"I made the decision, not me, but I made it to make everyone sound like Cockney gangsters from a Ray Winston movie," says Abnett. "So I ended up saying all the lines to myself with that kind of Bob Hoskins voice, which is great, because it made the whole process very efficient. I was really good at it. It could turn out to be an amazing number of lines in day.But I get to the end of the day and I wouldn’t be able to stop TALKING “LIKE THA,” NO? ”he says, sounding like Michael Caine in The Italian Job.“ My wife would come in and tell me what do you want for dinner? ”NO DUNNO , LUV! "
You might think that someone who has spent a couple of decades writing books for the bleak Warhammer 40,000 universe would be immune to his work being damaged, however, as evidenced by Abnett's ability to slip into a cockney that flames fluently to this day, writing orcs from Mordor had a lasting effect.
“It was weird,” he says. "I usually try to share the work and mix it up so you don't stay too long in one place. But it was almost like a weird indoctrination that I never recovered."