Amazon announces Alexa Game Control at Gamescom 2022

Staff Writer Aug 23, 2022
Alexa Skills

Today Amazon announced the launch of Alexa Game Control during Gamescom 2022. Alexa Game Control enables customers to play PC and console-based games by using their voice, and gives developers the tools they need to build fun and engaging gaming experiences that feature voice interactions powered by Alexa.  

With Alexa Game Control, players can perform in-game actions such as interacting with non-player characters (NPCs), swapping weapons and other actions by using their voice in natural and intuitive ways. Players do not need an Echo device to play games with their voice; they can use any microphone or headset connected to their PC or console. What’s more, with Alexa Game Control, players can use in-game voice commands such as "swap to my best weapon" without saying the wake word "Alexa". Players also have access to Alexa features such as controlling their smart home devices, setting timers, and accessing the weather by calling with utterances like "Alexa, turn on the living room light."

At Gamescom 2022, game developer Deep Silver announced the launch of the much-loved zombie saga Dead Island 2 featuring Alexa Game Control. With Alexa Game Control in Dead Island 2, players can use their voice to access in-game features like navigation (by saying “where is the nearest workbench,”) manipulate zombie hordes (by saying “hey zombie”) and much more. 

“We are committed to building immersive games that people can play wherever and however they want to play them,” said Klemens Kundratitz, CEO at PLAION Group, developer and global publisher of Dead Island 2. “This means that people can play games however they want: with physical media, digital editions, controllers and now voice.”

“We are excited to debut Alexa Game Control in Dead Island 2,” said Steve Bernstein, Director, Alexa Games. “Gamers will enjoy a more immersive gaming experience by using their voice to goad zombies, ask for help, activate special abilities during combat, and more, without having to say “Alexa,” use an Echo device, or purchase any special hardware.

An exciting new opportunity for game developers

Alexa Game Control is a technology that supports PC and console devices, with an SDK/plug-in that supports UE4, Unity, and C++ game engines. By incorporating Alexa Game Control into their PC or console-based games, game developers can easily enable voice gameplay to unlock immersive experiences, improve usability and accessibility, and create innovative new game designs.

Alexa Game Control is built on the same Alexa technology that powers the Alexa voice AI. Players can speak naturally to Alexa, and Alexa Game Control enables players with the convenience, power, and immersion of voice gameplay. 

Alexa Game Control is currently in private beta. Please fill out this interest form to get started. 

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