With the quarantine going on, people are trying to figure out more ways that they can game while socially isolating. Paizo is here to help with their new Starfinder interactive game that you can play simply by talking to your Alexa. Or, barring you having an all-listening tube in your home, you can get it on your smartphone, too.
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Announcing Starfinder, a new interactive Alexa game, featuring voice talent Laura Bailey, Nathan Fillion, and many more!
The first three episodes based on the Dead Suns Adventure Path are available starting today in the USA and UK. The Starfinder Alexa game is a multi-part interactive audio adventure that transports players to a futuristic science-fantasy world where they can make decisions to advance and influence the outcome of the story just by using their voice. By simply saying “Alexa, play the Starfinder game,” customers can play one of the most captivating audio games available on Alexa-enabled devices today. Paizo and Amazon collaborated to reimagine the game for Alexa. Fans of the roleplaying game will enjoy this new extension of the familiar world, but previous experience with source material is not required.
Starfinder features an exceptional voice cast of 13 actors, including Nathan Fillion (Castle and Firefly) and Laura Bailey (The Last of Us Part II). Casting was led by the Audible Studios team – featuring some of their most popular performers, with almost 2,000 audiobook performances between them. Starfinder’s script exceeds 745 pages and took a combined 125 hours in the studio to record all of the possible twists and turns, resulting in up to 13 hours of gameplay.
The free-to-play pilot episode of Starfinder, “Scoundrels in the Spike,” debuted in December and was well-received by Alexa users, with a 4.6/5 stars rating. “I love this game!!! The narration is wonderful, and the sound effects are on point. The voice acting is like watching a movie. I can’t wait for the rest of the game to come out!” said an Amazon customer in a review following the debut of the pilot.
In today’s stay-at-home culture, voice and smart speakers are quickly becoming an integral part of people’s lives. Engagement on Alexa has nearly quadrupled over the last two years, with more than 100,000 Alexa Skills available to date. With more and more customers embracing voice, Starfinder is launching at an ideal time, and Alexa provides a unique vehicle for this form of entertainment.
The pilot and episodes 1 to 3 of Starfinder are now available on any Alexa-enabled device, including Amazon Echo, Fire TV, and the Alexa mobile app (explore more Alexa-enabled devices here); players have numerous access points to the game and can resume playing whenever, wherever. The pilot is available in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. Episodes 1 to 3 are available in the USA and UK with rollout to Canada and more expected soon. Episodes 4 to 6 will be available in October. The pilot is free to play, and customers can purchase each episode for $1.99 or the full season for $9.99.
Owning an Alexa is not required. To play using your smartphone, just get the Amazon Alexa app for Android or Apple iOS devices and say “Alexa, open the Starfinder game.” Learn more at paizo.com/starfinderonalexa.