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After accent flap, Mad Max silent in gameplay footage

Following a successful fan campaign protesting Mad Max's American accent in the game, Avalanche Studios shows off a new trailer for the title, complete with gameplay.

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The concept of a Mad Max open-world action adventure title, first revealed at E3 2013, initially delighted, before one problem arose. Max had an American accent in the game version of the classic Australian film, and not everyone liked that idea.

In the wake of an online petition, Avalanche changed its stance, announcing that the studio would find Aussie voice talent for the eponymous character.

We can only assume the majority of footage for this gameplay trailer was compiled before this happened, because Max is curiously silent, with just an American voice-over for a little exposition.

Other than that, the trailer showcases not just the vehicle-based combat, but also the quite brutal hand-to-hand combat.

Oh, and deserts. Lots and lots of deserts. You can see it all in the trailer below, lovingly titled "The Soul of a Man."

Mad Max is due out in 2014 for current and next-gen consoles, as well as PCs (although not the Wii U). We'll keep you posted with information on who will put a voice to silent Max as soon as the actor is announced.

(Source: CNET Australia)