The day has come. Horizon Forbidden West is available now for PS4 and PS5. One of the most anticipated releases of the year 2022 lands to offer us a sequel that exceeds our expectations. More and better, with all its expanded and polished sections. It is also somewhat continuous, as in the fact of repeating the dubbing actress who gives life to Aloy, the protagonist of this story that has already become a saga. In the case of the Spanish we have Michelle Jenner , known both for her acting work and her roles as a voice actress. We talked to her about the entire process of filming Horizon Forbidden West, her assessment of her game and Aloy’s character, and much more. We tell you.
Michelle Jenner, a long professional career
Paco’s men, Isabel, The Cathedral of the Sea, Juliet…there are many television series and movies in which we have seen Michelle Jenner. What you don’t get to see but you do hear is her voice, recognizable for having played characters as relevant as Hermione Granger in the first four films of the Harry Potter saga or the protagonist of the modern version of Beauty and the Beast (2017). In addition to playing Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn and repeating her role in the sequel at hand, Michelle always tries to combine both professions so as not to leave any aside:
“I’m combining my acting jobs with those of a dubbing actress quite well. Normally if I am in a series, in which I don’t have as much time, because there is not so much room for dubbing, but when there are a few months more free, I always try to find some dubbing role because it is something that I love”, he tells us, “I am grateful because despite these times I can continue working. Now I am participating in A Ciegas, a film for Netflix by the Pastor brothers. I also have The Heirs of the Earth pending, which is the continuation of The Cathedral of the Sea and at the moment that, with more projects for this spring of 2022.”
Aloy’s evolution through her voice
It’s been five years of waiting to play this sequel, but in the game’s internal plot, not much time has passed since Aloy faced HADES in the denouement of Horizon Zero Dawn. However, all her experiences have made her mature and become an even stronger woman and warrior, ready to face the dangers that lie in the Forbidden West:
“We are going to meet an Aloy who has matured, evolved and has to face new dangers, since the Earth is on the verge of collapse, so she must discover what is happening and how to solve it. At the same time, she is going to find things of hers from her past that change her forever”, highlights Michelle, “ I love her spirit, her character. The warrior that she is and how she fights to protect that planet and to save that nature and everything that is falling apart a little. She fights and doesn’t care what she has to experience as long as she reaches that end, which is to save the planet.”
Regarding the recording process, Jenner tells us that it has involved a huge number of hours of recording and different shots that has multiplied what was worked on in the original game (and therefore does not give an idea of ??what this sequel entails at magnitude level):
“We started in February 2021 and if I remember correctly there have been about about 150 hours of recordings. You work with the audio wave and you know what the character is doing at that moment, the action that is happening, but you don’t see anything on the screen. You have to get into that situation and record many variants, because depending on how the player plays, one thing or another will happen. You have to record all those possibilities and know how to convey with your voice what the character is living, doing and feeling at every moment, whether it’s fighting against a machine, having a conversation with someone or whatever. There are days when they tell you “today is the day of the fights” and you get all the shouts, the “Ay”, “Au” and of course, that is much more tiring. But hey, with patience, little by little and doing the best possible.
On the other hand, she is excited to have been able to play an even more mature version of Aloy again, in addition to assuring that she is looking forward to playing the game, something that she still could not do at the time of this interview: “ Well, first of all with great enthusiasm because they wanted to count on me again because I had a great time recording the first game. And she also had that interest in discovering what she was going to face now, what woman was going to find me and the truth is that it is spectacular. It has been a very extensive job, it shows that everything has been expanded much more. If the first one was already many hours of work, this one has been more than double. One pass”.
On the other hand, Michelle tells us that since she was very little she has always been very playful and that her virtual adventure partner was her brother. Currently he doesn’t have as much time to dedicate to video games, but The Last of Us Part II stands out as one of the last ones he played: “The first one already seemed brutal to me and this one the same, wonderful”, she assures. In addition, she points out that if she could play any video game character, she would choose Ellie , even if it is a complicated and challenging role.
Finally, we ask you to rate the highlights of Horizon Forbidden West, without spoilers, to further increase the level of expectation: “The game is even bigger than the first and the level of detail is visually impressive. that is in every plant and pore of Aloy’s nose and of all the characters. It’s amazing, the new machines and tribes, everything…If the first one was already incredible and you might think that they couldn’t do it better, with this sequel they surpass themselves”.