5 Upcoming Video Games That Will Change Everything

5. Starship Commander - Voice Recognition & Full Control

So voice recognition software isn’t exactly new, per say. In fact, Hey You, Pikachu! was released way back in 1998, and came with voice recognition hardware that allowed kids everywhere to frustratedly shout into the tiny microphone in the vague hope it would pick up what you were trying to say. It wasn’t perfect by any means, and a lot of voice activated games since, such as Tom Clancy’s End War, only recognise certain phrases, which is hardly the future gamers are dreaming about.

Enter, Starship Commander, an upcoming VR, sci-fi title that places the audience in the middle of an intergalactic war. The player is in command of a secret mission, and decisions have deadly consequences. Sounding like a mashup of Mass Effect and Alexa, the biggest draw is the voice recognition software.

The player will be able to interact with in game characters through speech alone, putting more of themselves and their personality into the game as they interrogate the enemy, control their ship, talk to HQ and (presumably, if it is taking cues from Mass Effect) seduce hot alien babes.

It’s early days for the technology to really kick off, but if it works well and gets a positive critical and commercial reception, it could open the floodgates for more immersive, voice operated, narrative driven games across the board.


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