Last night during the Gamescom Opening Live event Deep Silver and Dambuster Studios officially announced Dead Island 2. After being in development hell for almost a decade, players will soon be able to smash zombies when the game launches in February next year. However, if you didn’t notice, Dead Island 2’s reveal trailer held a cool secret that many missed. Along with the platform releases for the game including PS4, PS5, Xbox and PC, the listing also included mention of Alexa Game Control.
Alexa Game Control isn’t anything new in the industry. In fact, the tech has been in development for some time already. Dead Island 2 is just the first game to make use of the feature. In short, it allows gamers to use natural language voice commands in the game to perform certain actions.
Amazon says that Alexa Game Control lets players interact with NPCs, switch weapons, control the game menus and more by simply using their voice. You also won’t need to use the word “Alexa” to trigger the input or own one of the Alexa devices in your household. The feature works with any microphone or headset connected to your game console or PC.
Dead Island 2 will host specific features for Alexa Game Control. Players can say things like “where is the nearest workbench” and the game will notify you. You can also taunt zombies by saying “hey, zombie” and enemies around you will be alerted to your presence. Alexa Game Control also lets you control your smart home devices and perform other smart features while playing the game as if you were speaking to an Amazon Echo device itself.
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 launch, Dead Island 2 will support Alexa Game Control through PC and Xbox. You will also have to be online for it to work. Amazon says they will support English in North America at first but plan on adding new language support and devices to the feature over time.
Catch up on the Dead Island 2 gameplay trailer below.
Source: Amazon Blog