Dead Island 2 will be the first game to use Amazon’s Alexa voice control feature, and thanks to a new video, we have a better idea of how it works in practice.
We already knew that Dead Island 2 will let you taunt zombies with your voice with Amazon’s new Alexa Game Control technology, and during Tuesday’s Dead Island 2 showcase on Tuesday, developer Deep Silver gave us a better idea of how the feature might work in practice.
In a prerecorded and staged skit (the conceit is that the people in the video are actually on the run from zombies and just so happen to find a working copy of Dead Island 2), the video showed how certain voice commands will activate certain actions in the game. “Hey zombie” gets the attention of a nearby zombie in-game. “Get me my ax” has the player draw an ax that is shooting fire for some reason. “Time to go loco” activates some kind of super mode.
Those aren’t the only voice commands at your disposal; while these aren’t shown in the video, your voice will also let you do things like set waypoints (“where’s the nearest [thing]?”), pick your best weapon, say hello to other characters, and ask them for help, according to Amazon spokesperson Jeremy Bartram.
While the feature looks entertaining on video, we’ll have to wait and see if Alexa Game Control in Dead Island 2 is actually useful or if it’s just a gimmick. The long-in-development game is finally scheduled to launch on April 28th. The game is coming to PlayStation, Xbox, and PC via the Epic Games Store, though Alexa Game Control will only work on Xbox and PC.
Update December 6th, 3:53PM ET: Added information about additional commands available.