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Emabulator 11-30-2017 04:53 PM

Activision and Bungie Bring Amazon Alexa Ghost Skill to Destiny 2
 

Activision and Bungie have announced a Destiny 2 Ghost Skill Alexa app. This will allow players to say, "Alexa, ask Ghost to..." (insert snarky joke here). The gizmo pictured above is the Limited Edition Destiny 2 Ghost speaker, which sells for $89.99 and requires an Alexa-enabled device.

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Bungie and Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), announced the introduction of the Destiny 2 Ghost Skill for Alexa, giving players of one of the best-selling video games of 2017 to date* the first-ever Alexa voice integration in a live game experience**. Revealed on stage by Tom Taylor, senior vice president, Amazon Alexa and Byron Beede, Activision’s senior vice president of Product Management for Destiny at the AWS re:Invent 2017 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Destiny 2 Ghost Skill, voiced by the in-game Ghost’s voice actor Nolan North, is available now for Alexa customers to enable, free of charge, through the Alexa app.

The Destiny 2 Ghost Skill serves as a premier companion for Destiny 2 players, creating brand-new ways to interact with the game, players can say, “Alexa, ask Ghost to…” with a variety of utterances — from “…tell me which friends are online,” to asking “…what should I do next?” giving recommendations for what to play next based on players’ real-time current progress, to “…call for back up,” which offers an easy way to interact with friends in their clan to enhance the social experience of Destiny 2, to “… equip my Raid loadout,” equipping players’ favorite weapons and armor for a number of different gameplay activities, to learning more about the world and characters of Destiny 2 with a request like, “…tell me who are the Red Legion?”
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Emabulator 11-30-2017 04:53 PM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – November 30, 2017 – Bungie and Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), announced the introduction of the Destiny 2 Ghost Skill for Alexa, giving players of one of the best-selling video games of 2017 to date* the first-ever Alexa voice integration in a live game experience**. Revealed on stage by Tom Taylor, senior vice president, Amazon Alexa and Byron Beede, Activision’s senior vice president of Product Management for Destiny at the AWS re:Invent 2017 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Destiny 2 Ghost Skill, voiced by the in-game Ghost’s voice actor Nolan North, is available now for Alexa customers to enable, free of charge, through the Alexa app.

The Destiny 2 Ghost Skill serves as a premier companion for Destiny 2 players, creating brand-new ways to interact with the game, players can say, “Alexa, ask Ghost to…” with a variety of utterances — from “…tell me which friends are online,” to asking “…what should I do next?” giving recommendations for what to play next based on players’ real-time current progress, to “…call for back up,” which offers an easy way to interact with friends in their clan to enhance the social experience of Destiny 2, to “… equip my Raid loadout,” equipping players’ favorite weapons and armor for a number of different gameplay activities, to learning more about the world and characters of Destiny 2 with a request like, “…tell me who are the Red Legion?”

”The Ghost serves as your guide and companion in Destiny 2 the game, and now players will be able to bring that experience into the real world with them through Alexa,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “The Destiny 2 Ghost skill is the first of its kind and the most innovative and immersive gaming experience to date on Alexa. We’re excited to give our community of players, who are among the most-dedicated fans in the world, new ways to play Destiny 2 with the Ghost skill and Limited-Edition Destiny 2 Ghost. The lines between in-game and out-of-game have been blurred in an incredible new way.”

“Alexa is now part of the Destiny 2 experience, and we’re excited for what that means for Destiny 2 players and the future of games and voice technology,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “Gaming is an example of where voice can create a more engaging experience in a natural and delightful way for customers. Rather than interrupting gameplay to navigate menus, players can just ask Ghost through Alexa to help with certain tasks. Players love the Destiny 2 experience, and now Alexa can make it even more immersive and fun.”

“Destiny 2 players being able to interact with a physical Ghost paired with an Amazon Alexa is just a really fun and unique idea,” said Pete Parsons, CEO of Bungie. He added, “With our partners at Activision, it’s been exciting to develop this project into a rich, useful skill worthy of Amazon’s Alexa.”

Also announced is the Limited-Edition Destiny 2 Ghost, a WiFi enabled Ghost speaker which is compatible with Alexa devices to bring the look and sound of the Ghost from inside the game into the real world. The Limited-Edition Destiny 2 Ghost is available for pre-order now at an SRP of $89.99, and can be purchased separately as a companion to Alexa devices. The physical Ghost is not needed to use the free Destiny 2 Ghost skill, but the game and an Alexa device are required. The Limited-Edition Destiny 2 Ghost will be available on December 19, 2017.

Destiny 2 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The product line-up also features the Destiny 2 – Game + Expansion Pass Bundle at $89.99 SRP, the Destiny 2 – Digital Deluxe Edition featuring premium digital content at $99.99 SRP, the Limited Edition at $99.99 SRP, and the Collector’s Edition, featuring a fully-wearable Destiny 2 – Frontier Bag, Expansion Pass, premium digital content and a Cabal-themed Collector’s Box for $249.99 SRP. The Destiny 2 Ghost skill for Alexa was developed by Activision and Bungie, with support from AKQA.

For more game information, visit www.DestinyTheGame.com and follow the official Destiny social channels on Facebook and @DestinyTheGame on Instagram and Twitter. The community can interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.net, Facebook, @Bungie on Twitter, Instagram and www.Twitch.tv/Bungie on Twitch.

Terran 11-30-2017 04:59 PM

This is terrible on so many levels. And let me say that 'Alexa' and its parallel competitors are horrible products that are the equivalent of corporate herpes carriers placed in your home to spread their virus through your whole family.

The advertisements alone for this shit annoy the hell out of me.

MavenACTG 11-30-2017 09:55 PM

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What kind of media-obsessed simpleton buys this kind of shit? Would someone who genuinely wants this be more or less pathetic than a basement dwelling neckbeard?

ElektroDragon 11-30-2017 10:13 PM

Bezos must play Destiny.

Azzy 11-30-2017 11:20 PM

Two people walk into a room that has one of these speakers on a shelf, playing music. The person who has never heard of or seen Destiny 2 sees it as an interesting speaker with a unique aesthetic.
The person who actually knows about the game and what the speaker is designed to mimic thinks, man, that's fucking dumb.

GG Bungie.

DeadPixel 12-01-2017 07:58 AM

I bought 5, so I can be single again.

PacerDawn 12-01-2017 09:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Azzy (Post 2500201)
Two people walk into a room that has one of these speakers on a shelf, playing music. The person who has never heard of or seen Destiny 2 sees it as an interesting speaker with a unique aesthetic.
The person who actually knows about the game and what the speaker is designed to mimic thinks, man, that's fucking dumb.

Actually this isn't a Bluetooth speaker. It's a wifi enabled device that pairs with your Alexa device over the network. It looks like it is solely for use with the Destiny skill on Alexa devices. Maybe I'm wrong, but I didn't see anything in the write-up that says it can be used for anything else.

Emabulator 12-01-2017 01:26 PM

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Originally Posted by DeadPixel (Post 2500221)
I bought 5, so I can be single again.

I had to laugh, because funny.

ElektroDragon 12-01-2017 01:52 PM

When you have to write "Not a toy. Intended for collectors" right on the box, you have already failed your marketing big time.

vallor 12-01-2017 03:27 PM

If it had been an Echo device in the shape of a ghost I might have bitten. But just as a adjunct piece of crap? No thanks.


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