For those who’ve ever performed a sport by indie developer Supergiant within the final decade, you’ve in all probability heard Logan Cunningham’s dulcet tones booming out of your audio system.
From Rucks within the award-winning motion role-playing sport Bastion to Transistor’s Transistor and now in 2020’s highest-rated sport, Hades.
The mythological action-roguelike RPG has thus far offered multiple million copies in addition to successful reward for its beautiful paintings, bombastic fight system and stellar voice solid.
As we head into award season with this yr’s BAFTA Video games Awards, Supergiant’s voice-actor in residence shares the tales behind this indie studio’s success.
“The key is the folks and that kind of cosmic, karmic, awesomeness the place we simply lucked out with who we’ve got.
“For me personally, I get to work with two of my greatest and oldest buddies on the earth, Amir Rao, the studio director, and Darren Korb, our audio director.
“The three of us grew up collectively in San Jose, California so I’ve recognized each of them since I used to be 14.”
“We actually work nicely collectively and our personalities simply match,” he tells the Mirror.
Historic historical past
For Cunningham, it was destiny that these friendships shaped a part of the studio’s humble historical past and led him to the place he’s now.
“We wound up going to schools in New York Metropolis after which after graduating, Amir acquired a job in Digital Arts in Los Angeles – and Darren and I had been dwelling collectively in Brooklyn.”
Amir would finally depart the AAA developer in 2009 alongside together with his colleague Gavin Simon to arrange Supergiant Video games and start to work on a brand new sport collectively.
“All I actually knew was that my good friend was making an indie online game.
“Darren was already concerned within the music and sound design for it – they acquired to the purpose the place they wished to strive one thing with the voiceover narration for his or her first sport, and I used to be the actor they occurred to know personally.
“In order that’s how I acquired concerned, simply by doing a good friend a favour,” he laughs.
A humble Hades
Their first sport, Bastion, acquired excessive crucial reward, together with being listed amongst a number of ‘Sport of the 12 months’ lists from sport journalists. Since then, the studio has launched Transistor, Pyre, and Hades, each single one receiving crucial acclaim and monetary success.
However in the case of discussing the popularity each he and Supergiant have, rightly, acquired for his or her newest sport, Cunningham stays extremely modest.
“Simply the ridiculous recognition that Hades has already acquired, notably with BAFTA.
“Plenty of the unique crew, there have been seven of us in Bastion, and a whole lot of us have been recognised for our respective crafts.
“You realize, Jen [Zee] for her artwork, who I personally really feel has been sort of missed for too lengthy.
“Darren, after all, at all times will get nominated for music, however this time round can also be nominated for Greatest Audio, and that’s the one I’d like to see him win as a result of he is not only a composer that Supergiant hires in each time.
“In fact, positive there’s me however I used to be nominated earlier than for Transistor, in order that’s on my resume without end, so I am wonderful with that.
“I am far more enthusiastic about what is going on to occur with that everyone else,” he says with a smile.
Cunningham was additionally eager to attract consideration to his fellow voice performing nominees and the work they’ve completed in serving to to diversify the business.
“The 2 performances that I maintain going again to which have impressed me from the previous yr are Daisuke Tsujlin for Ghosts of Tsushima and Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales.
“These types of roles won’t have existed, not too a few years in the past, and now they do.
“Their expertise is simply unbelievable and so they deserve extra credit score,” he provides.
For the love of it
Supergiant’s video games have at all times had wonderful voice performing too however this time round Cunningham reveals off the sheer breadth of his personal expertise to present life to 6 characters in Hades.
The Californian native is liable for the Storyteller, in addition to Poseidon, Asterius the minotaur, the darkish lord Hades himself, Achilles, and all the grumbling Charon the shopkeeper does – with each being fully numerous by way of tone, supply, and perspective.
Surprisingly, it’s the protagonist of a queer love story, Achilles, who grew to become Cunningham’s favorite character to carry out.
Within the sport, Achilles has entered a pact with the god of the underworld that he’ll the darkish lord’s son, Zagreus, in change for granting his lover, Patroclus, entrance to Elysium, a paradise reserved for the worthy.
This pact, after all, means the 2 can be without end separated. Zagreus is left to piece this story collectively as he relays messages between them.
“It is simply nice doing him, it is only a good feeling.
“He does not imply anybody any hurt, his preventing days are behind him and I really like his relationship with Zagreus.
“I at all times appeared ahead to Achilles days.”
Cunningham says he felt the identical approach about his character Dalbert Oldheart in 2017’s Pyre.
“A part of doing him was researching like aged canine sounds.
“Such as you had a bark, so generally I’d search for what does an aged canine bark sound like?
“That was enjoyable and similar to Achilles, it was one thing completely different to do.”
Levelling up in lockdown
With 2020 consumed nearly fully by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been no secret many individuals turned to video video games to fill the time.
Cunningham reveals he was no completely different when it got here to coping underneath lockdown.
“I’m embarrassed to say, although possibly I should not as a result of it is superb however I simply acquired a Swap this yr.
“So I have been taking part in a whole lot of Skyrim, which is one in all my favorite video games ever and on the Swap it is unbelievable.
“It is also superb that I’d be having fun with the Swap a lot this yr, as a result of the factor that is superior in regards to the Swap, it’s portability, is kind of a moot level in the mean time,” he quips.
“However I’ve additionally been taking part in a whole lot of Ghost of Tsushima in addition to Phasmophobia, I really like that sport and I don’t actually like scary video games.”
As for his plans in 2021?
“Sitting by BAFTAs on Thursday after which past that, I do not know.”
The BAFTA Video games Awards 2021 present takes place on March 25 and can be live-streamed on Fb, Twitch, Twitter, YouTube and Steam.