Actor and comedian Peter Serafinowicz, known for his dubbed vocal performance as Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode 1 and the ever-grumpy Pete in Shaun of the Dead, will voice a new character in Dark Souls 2, publisher Namco Bandai announced this week.

As part of the announcement, Serafinowicz revealed that he's a hardcore game player and a big fan of the original Dark Souls, calling it "the most engrossing game I've ever played," and "the best game of all time." Serafinowicz is a veteran voice actor within the industry, previously playing roles in games like Star Wars: Battlefront II and Lego City Undercover.

In Dark Souls 2 Serafinowicz will voice Mild-mannered Pate, a mysterious treasure hunter who "may teach players a few tricks of his own in order to survive during their quest." Little else has been revealed regarding Pate's role in the story, but if we may suggest a minor change to the Dark Souls formula, Pate could serve as an ever-present companion character -- à la Navi, or Omochao -- chiding players for their missteps and offering helpful hints like "Hey! Blighttown is dangerous!"
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NAMCO BANDAI GAMES EUROPE REVEALS PETER SERAFINOWICZ'S PARTICIPATION IN THE CAST OF THE PRAISED DARK SOULS™ II

PARIS, FRANCE – 30th January 2014 – NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. is pleased to announce today that Peter Serafinowicz will lend his voice to a brand new character in DARK SOULS II is still scheduled to launch in Europe and Australasia on March 14, 2014 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft. DARK SOULS II for PCs will launch in Europe and Australasia shortly after in 2014.

Peter Serafinowicz amazing work includes his well-known dubbing as the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, but that's not it. Having more than one trick up his sleeve, he has appeared in a variety of excellent British and American comedies such as Shaun of the Dead, Parks and Recreation and South Park and will be part of the cast of this year awaited big movie Guardians of the Galaxy. He also has a great experience in voice acting for video games like Star Wars: Battlefront II or Lego City Undercover.

In addition to being a very talented comedian, Peter Serafinowicz is a huge fan of DARK SOULS. When asked about the game, Peter said "DARK SOULS is the most engrossing game I've ever played. For me, it's the best game of all time". DARK SOULS lovers can be sure that with Peter's excellent and unique career as an actor and his strong appeal for the game, he will be a great asset to the DARK SOULS II cast in order to bring you not only the most challenging game of this year, but also the most immersive experience the DARK SOULS franchise has ever offered to its survivors.

Peter will dub a new character named Mild-mannered Pate. Players will encounter this mysterious man during his journey in search of treasure. He may teach players a few tricks of his own in order to survive during their quest. Will they dare to trust this enigmatic character?

"We cannot wait to have players all around the world experiencing the challenging yet addictive universe of DARK SOULS II" said Hiroaki Ochiai, Senior Vice President of IP Strategy at NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe. "On top of that, everyone is eager to witness the awesome work the cast of actors -and especially Peter Serafinowicz- made to create the great game that players deserve!"

To learn more about DARK SOULS II or to pre-order the game, please visit http://www.DarkSoulsII.com/. To stay up-to-date with DARK SOULS II please visit the DARK SOULS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DarkSouls.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.