There has been a ton of buildup for Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, and for good reason. The developers have poured so much work into this, from making an entire epilogue to reworking all the graphical assets to rerecording a ton of audio, including the entire soundtrack. While we presumed most of the voice cast would return for the new bits, Melia’s VA Jenna Coleman went on to do larger TV and movie roles after the original game. As such, her return was much less certain. The character’s prominence in the new adventure, Future Connected, became a cause of concern to fans.
Thanks to Rob Watters from Nintendo Treehouse, however, we can rest easy. Jenna Coleman has at last been confirmed as returning to voice Melia.
Confirmed at last
At about 1:50 in this video by RogersBase, Rob makes it very clear that the whole cast is back together, including Jenna Coleman. Part of the charm of the original localization was the voice acting. Instead of an American VA team, voices for the game were recorded in Europe, resulting in the characters having a variety of British accents.
While most of the cast have extensive TV resumes, Coleman’s career took off after Xenoblade Chronicles released in 2010. She played Bucky Barnes’ girlfriend Connie in Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011. As big as that movie was, arguably her largest role was as the companion Clara (and all versions of her) in Doctor Who from 2012 to 2017. She also played Queen Victoria on Victoria (a favorite of my mother’s) from 2016 to 2019. She has had a variety of other roles in the past ten years.
It’s great to see that they got the gang back together for Future Connected. Considering that this is Melia’s story, it would have been weird without Jenna Coleman coming back to voice the character. It also wouldn’t have been the same if Nintendo had recast her. I can’t wait to get my hands on this game and spend another hundred and some odd hours exploring the Bionis and Mechonis once again.