Date: November 30, 2023
By Hanna Rose
Amidst the success of Baldur’s Gate 3, Matt Mercer has expressed interest in making a Critical Role game.
Celebrating its 1-year milestone today, Critical Role’s mastermind, Matt Mercer, known for his roles as Cole Cassidy in Overwatch and Minsc in Baldur’s Gate 3, has expressed keen interest in transforming the immensely popular Dungeons & Dragons actual play series into a video game.
In an interview with Dicebreaker, Mercer acknowledged the magnitude of such a venture, emphasizing the necessity of the right concept, development studio, and budget for the transition into the gaming realm.
While a dedicated video game for Critical Role is yet to materialize, the series made its initial foray into the gaming world in 2018 when Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire released a free Critical Role pack. This pack featured eight-player voice sets and character portraits inspired by the inaugural campaign, Vox Machina.
Critical Role’s Vox Machina campaign also successfully transitioned to the television screen, garnering widespread acclaim. Both seasons of the TV adaptation boast a perfect aggregate approval rating of 100 percent from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with audience approval exceeding 90 percent. Mercer speculates that a move into the gaming industry could yield similarly positive outcomes, provided the project aligns with the right conditions.
This year, Dungeons & Dragons has prominently featured in the gaming landscape, notably with the success of Baldur’s Gate 3, a contender for Game of the Year. Larian Studios’ highly anticipated sequel, which departed early access in August, has maintained a strong presence in the gaming community.
The popularity of character-driven party adventures with memorable casts, a niche that Critical Role has effectively captured, is evident in the gaming landscape. The series boasts a star-studded cast, including Laura Bailey, Ashley Johnson, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Taliesin Jaffe, Liam O’Brien, and Marisha Ray, each known for their roles in various prominent video games.
Beyond its influence in video games, Critical Role has diversified its portfolio with themed DLC packs, a TV show spanning two seasons, and ventures into comics, novels, art books, campaign setting books, and miniatures. As the series celebrates its 1-year anniversary, the prospect of adding a successful computer role-playing game (cRPG) to its repertoire remains an exciting possibility.
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