Get Excited for This Voice-Controlled Video Game


Yelling at the screen while playing video games may do gamers some good in an upcoming release. Independent firm Iridium Studios is developing a video game called There Came An Echo, and it will have a voice control option, allowing players to play by talking at the screen.

The announcement came from the studio in the form of a post on its KickStarter page on Thursday. The page’s latest update details some good news for PlayStation fans.

“The latest announcement brought news that the game release would include a PlayStation 4 version,” said Iridium Studios in its statement.

It will also be available for both Xbox One and Steam for PC users. The voice control option on the PlayStation 4 version of the game will require use of the earpiece that comes with the gaming console to say any option in a set of commands to direct gameplay. For the Xbox One and PC versions of the game, similar voice inputs will be used for voice-controlled play.  Gamers who opt to play the traditional way can use the standard controller to play the game.

Iridium Studios used the fundraising website Kickstarter to raise capital for the development of the game last year. The project was officially funded as of March 21, 2013. The company raised nearly $116,000, putting it well over its $90,000 goal. According to a January blog post, that money went toward office space and additional employees to speed along development of the game.

One of the company’s big funders is Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), which approached Iridium about both funding and using the technology firm’s Intel RealSense Technology platform for voice gameplay. The technology provides extra support for the voice recognition software built into the game. The funding from Intel also provided enough money to hire an additional programmer for the project, have a marketing budget, divert more money for the user interface design, user testing, and an ESRB rating.

The blog post also included the first trailer for the game and announced the voice cast for the game’s English-language version. The cast features Wil Wheaton, known for his roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Big Bang Theory; Ashly Burch, Laura Bailey, Yuri Lowenthal, Karen Strassman, Rachel Robinson, and Cindy Robinson. The game will be available in English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian, with subtitles due in part to the partnership with and support from Intel. As of Friday, the trailer has been viewed more than 6,000 views on YouTube.

There Came An Echo is Iridium Studios’ second game release. The video game studio was founded in 2009. Its first release was RPG game Sequence, which came out in October 2011. This initial offering received mixed to positive reviews from critics. There Came An Echo is slated for a late 2014 release. It can be preordered for $15.

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