CD Projekt, the publisher of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher series, is at the center of a debate about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in gaming, specifically when it comes to voice acting. Doug Cockle, the voice actor behind Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher games, has expressed concerns about the use of AI to recreate voices without the permission of the original actors. He worries that AI could be misused to make characters say things that they never intended to say, potentially leading to unethical and harmful content.
Cockle’s concerns are shared by other voice actors in the industry, who are trying to maintain control over their voices in the face of advancing AI technology. CD Projekt Red has also faced criticism for using AI to finish the Polish voiceover for a character in Cyberpunk 2077. The debate over AI in gaming is ongoing, and it remains uncertain how the industry will navigate the use of this technology in the future. Cockle’s criticisms raise important ethical questions about the use of AI in gaming and its potential impact on content creation and the livelihood of voice actors.