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In early April, veteran voice actor Rick May died after contracting COVID-19. Could was identified for his work in Star Fox 64 as Peppy Hare, and the actor additionally performed the Soldier character in Team Fortress 2. As a memorial, Valve has included a tribute to Could within the recreation’s newest replace.

Listed solely as “a tribute to Rick Could, voice of the Soldier” within the recreation’s patch notes, the newest Group Fortress 2 replace erected statues on the game’s maps in addition to a modified principal menu theme. Gamers have been listening to Could’s voice traces for the reason that recreation launched over 12 years in the past.

Some gamers have decided to pay tribute to Could in Group Fortress 2 themselves, as nicely, selecting to play as Soldier and holding a ceasefire when a match begins. As a substitute of firing at one another, they as a substitute fireplace their weapons up into the air whereas standing at one of many statues. Others have used Supply Filmmaker to create their very own quick movies paying tribute to him.

Could’s function as Peppy Hare is equally iconic as his Group Fortress 2 function, and lots of of Star Fox 64’s well-known catchphrases had been delivered by him. These embody the notorious “Do a barrel roll,” which has become a meme in its personal proper. It was the one recreation within the collection along with his voice appearing, and a special individual has performed the character in every subsequent Star Fox recreation.

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