When Dead Island 2 launches, you’ll be able to reel voice commands to distract the zombie hordes from the power of Alexa game controls.
You’ll actually be able to do much more than that, and you don’t even need an Amazon Echo device. Just get yourself a copy of Dead Island 2, stick it on a headset with integrated mic, and you’re set. There’s also no need for the wake word, which is great news because prefacing everything with “Alexa” will get real annoying, real fast.
Amazon announced (opens in new tab) Its upcoming Game Control feature during the opening night of Gamescom 2022. It will let PC and console gamers use voice commands to trigger in-game actions. In the case of Dead Island 2, finding the above workspace would include things like “where is the nearest workspace”; “Swap my best weapon” which is equally self-explanatory; And “Hey zombie” to entice the faltering crowd.
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Of course, Amazon Game Control will be compatible with other titles, but Dead Island 2 will be the first game to support it. At launch, FAQs (opens in new tab) says that the feature will be available in North America in English and on PC and Xbox platforms.
More regions and languages will be added after release, and Amazon spokesman Michael Poulter told The Verge. (opens in new tab) Game Control aims to “play games available everywhere”. Meaning the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation platforms won’t participate for now.
Plus no need for an Echo or device with Alexa built-in, game control isn’t an Amazon Prime member exclusive either. You’ll need to link your Amazon account to compatible titles, so in the worst case, you can just create a free account if you don’t already have one.
At the moment, Alexa Game Control is in private beta, and developers interested in the feature can fill out a form (opens in new tab) To integrate support into your game.
Game controls are giving me serious Kinect vibes; Mass Effect 3 voice commands specifically spring to mind. I definitely felt like a stupid barking order to my intrepid squad of foreign friends (and love interests). And there were so many to remember that it was easy to completely ignore them once the novelty was gone.
It looks like Amazon Game Control could be more intuitive, and there’s an easy option to set it to push-to-talk or voice activity for your optimal setup. Whether it will work better than the Kinect or not, I don’t know. Depending on how developers integrate it, it may have a shot at being more than a gimmick.