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  Top talent takes on voiceover duties for Bedlam
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08/06/2014
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

London, Wednesday August 6 th 2014: Respected actors Robert Florence and Kirsty Strain have been announced as the voiceover talent for the eagerly awaited Bedlam game, an innovative FPS charting the evolution of the genre and boasting a strong female character as its protagonist.

Kirsty Strain voices the lead character Heather Quinn, aka Athena, while Robert Florence voices Ross Baker, aka the eponymous Bedlam. Both actors also showcase their versatility by bringing to life a variety of minor characters, working from a script adapted by Christopher Brookmyre from his own best-selling sci-fi novel.

Florence and Strain were principal performers on hit Scottish TV sketch show Burnistoun, while Florence is well known in the games industry for his YouTube show Videogaiden and BBC Scotland TV show Consolevania. 

“I’m a huge fan of Burnistoun, and I particularly admired Kirsty and Robert’s ability to bring so many different comic characters to life,” said Christopher Brookmyre, author of Bedlam. “I thought they’d be the perfect voice casting to distinguish our game in a genre that tends to take itself way too seriously.”

“I wasn’t familiar with the world of gaming or Christopher Brookmyre before entering the world of Bedlam and now, I am without doubt a huge fan of both,” said Kirsty Strain. “This is a very exciting project that I am really delighted to be a part of. Athena is a strong, witty character who has been written so well. Her banter and her bite bring such fun to this already thrilling game and for me, as an actor that is such a joy to play.”

“We’re delighted to announce Robert and Kirsty as the voiceover talent for Bedlam,” said Nick Witcher, Marketing Director at RedBedlam. “They’ve really brought the game to life and we’re looking forward to giving people chance to get early access to the game on August 8 th.”

The voiceover sessions were recorded in the heart of Glasgow’s West End at La Chunky recording studios. Christopher Brookmyre and his son Jack also recorded a number of parts and incidentals.

Early access on the Steam platform grants access to two complete worlds of the game and providing a glimpse into the incredible “gameverse” created by the Brighton-based development team. 

The game worlds are Starfire and Death or Glory, comprising 12 levels of gameplay; approximately one third of the game in total, giving players a real chance to get their teeth into Bedlam ahead of the launch later this year.

The genre-hopping shooter, which parodies a selection of games from the 80s and 90s, represents a unique creative collaboration which has seen a novel and a video game developed concurrently.

Check out the Steam homepage on August 8 th at approximately 21:00 (BST) and get your hands on Bedlam.

Press Steam codes are available now. Please email ali.payne@premiercomms.com to request one.

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About Bedlam

In Bedlam, players will take on the role of Heather Quinn (aka Athena), a programmer at medical scanning developer Neurosphere who finds herself transported into the world of Starfire: a nineties FPS she remembers from her teen years. Searching for an explanation and a way home, she ventures beyond Starfire to discover a vast realm of interconnected game worlds documenting the evolution of the FPS genre and of video games in general.

Bedlam is adapted from the novel by Christopher Brookmyre, but diverges from the original in this change of protagonist. The novel’s hero, Ross Baker, does feature prominently in the game, but the switch to a female lead – who is a gamer and sci-fi fan – offered a fresh and bitingly humorous new perspective upon the “gameverse” that the player will explore.

For the latest on Bedlam, visit the game's website: http://www.bedlamthegame.com

About RedBedlam

RedBedlam Ltd. was founded in 2001 in order to create virtual worlds and to realise virtual economies. The company spent approximately five years developing its proprietary virtual world and virtual economics technologies alongside its first commercial virtual world, Roma Victor®, which was released in 2006. RedBedlam's other MMORPG The Missing Ink launched in beta in 2012. RedBedlam's virtual world technology is licensed by a number of clients including the popular kids virtual world and social network - www.dpals.com RedBedlam is a fully independent privately held company www.redbedlam.com . For more on Bedlam please visit www.bedlamthegame.com .

About Christopher Brookmyre

Christopher Brookmyre has written 18 critically acclaimed novels and won numerous awards for his works, also appearing regularly on primetime radio and TV. His love of videogames has manifested in countless references and now, for the first time, in a fully-formed first person shooter that itself pays tribute to a wealth of iconic titles. Bedlam the book was originally published in hardback in February 2013 and paperback January 2014. For more information visit www.brookmyre.co.uk .