Amazon launches Starfinder, an interactive Alexa game with voice actors Laura Bailey (from The Last of Us Part II) and Nathan Fillion. It’s a new way to talk in today’s home culture. The first three episodes of Starfinder are available today on all Alexa-enabled devices such as Amazon Echo, Fire TV and the mobile Alexa app.
The Starfinder ability for Alexa is a multi-part interactive audio adventure game that puts you in a futuristic science fantasy world where you can make decisions to advance and influence the outcome of the story. In the game, an abandoned mining ship emerges from hyperspace at Absalom Station and drags a mysterious asteroid behind it. After fighting warring factions on the station, the heroes are recruited to explore the ship and the asteroid, and they discover the fate of the missing ship̵
Amazon worked with Paizo, the team that Starfinder developed as a tabletop role-playing game. They worked together to develop the game for Alexa. For fans, history is an extension and adaptation of a familiar world. But you don’t have to know that to play the Alexa game.
I tried the game. You can start by simply saying, “Alexa, play the Starfinder game.” I know this because I tried to say “Alexa, Starfinder game” and it wouldn’t start. Players have numerous access points to the game and can continue to play anytime, anywhere. The only thing I found annoying was that Alexa sometimes didn’t get my answers right when the game asked me something. And I stopped the game a couple of times when I gave Alexa the wrong answer, thinking I was going to ask for a different service.
Bailey was already an established actress, but she was recently recognized as the voice of Abby Anderson, one of the key characters in Naughty Dog’s great PlayStation 4 hit The Last of Us Part II of their character in the game were not satisfied. (Hey internet, that’s not cool.)
Starfinder has a cast of 13 actors, including Fillion (The Rookie, Castle and Firefly) and Bailey. Audible Studios did the casting. The Starfinder script is over 745 pages long and took a total of 125 hours in the studio to record all possible twists and turns, resulting in up to 13 hours of play.
Starfinder’s free pilot episode, “Scoundrels in the Spike”, was released in December 2019 and was well received by Alexa users with a 4.6 / 5 star rating. Marc Whitten, Vice President at Amazon, who was once part of Microsoft’s Xbox team, led the project. He viewed the game as an example of how audio and voice-controlled experiences can create immersive and ambient entertainment.
According to Amazon, engagement for Alexa through smart speakers has almost quadrupled in the past two years. To date, more than 100,000 Alexa skills are available.
Each episode lasts about 90 minutes, but some customers may spend more or less time during the episode depending on how they respond and how much they want to explore. You can play up to three games of different characters at the same time, which increases the possibilities and the time required.
Episodes 4 through 6 will be available in October. The pilot can be played for free and customers can buy each episode for $ 2 or the entire season for $ 10.