Final Fantasy 16 players are absolutely loving Ralph Ineson's performance as Cid, who's essentially become the unofficial summer voice of video games after also appearing in Diablo 4.
Ineson has emerged as the standout star in Final Fantasy 16 with fans loving his cheeky attitude and deep Yorkshire drawl. "Cid's voice actor is insanely good," said chai_zaeng on Reddit.
"This man's voice is deeper than the Marianas trench and his delivery of Cid's lines is awesome: so nuanced and yet so full of emotion."
This is now a Cid from Final Fantasy XVI fan account pic.twitter.com/R9Ajf8q9LZ
— PlayStation UK (@PlayStationUK) June 25, 2023
Others agreed. "Such a brilliant job as Cid," said TheKarnov on Twitter. "I actually slow down to make sure I hear every Cid line when I'm playing," added RabToons. The official PlayStation UK account chimed in too. "This is now a Cid from Final Fantasy 16 account," it said.
Ineson also played Lorath in Diablo 4, and fans equally flocked to his role there. "The same voice actor for Cid is also Lorath in Diablo 4," said a Reddit user. "Awesome voice. That is all."
Taking heed of the compliments, Ineson took to Twitter himself to share his appreciation of all the players enjoying both games.
"Thank you for all the kind words about Final Fantasy 16 and Diablo 4," he said. "I started working on both games three years ago not realising they'd be released within a month of each other. Cid and Lorath were both great fun and I had some great writing to work with."
Thank you for all the kind words about #FinalFantasy16 and #DiabloIV . I started work on both games 3 years ago not realising they’d be released within a month of each other. Cid and Lorath were both great fun and I had some great writing to work with https://t.co/b7mT07PSWy
— Ralph Ineson (@ralphineson) June 23, 2023
While perhaps most known to UK fans as Finchy from The Office, Ineson has otherwise appeared in some of the biggest entertainment franchises in recent memory.
His credits include Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, The Green Knight, Chernobyl, Guardians of the Galaxy, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Games of Thrones, and more.
Sticking to its deeply British theme, publisher Square Enix also put Final Fantasy 16's signature sword on display in the Tower of London as a marketing stunt.
Players who tried the demo ahead of time also grew obsessed with a new feature called Active Time Lore and are calling for it to be an industry standard going forward. The game's intro was also directly influenced by the original Final Fantasy and references another beloved character from the franchise.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelance reporter. He'll talk about The Witcher all day.