Jagex has announced it's bringing the RuneScape series to Amazon's Alexa Engine. Entitled RuneScape Quests: One Piercing Note, Jagex describes the exclusive audio-based adaptation of the studio's flagship MMORPG as an interactive murder mystery audio adventure game that lets players progress through the story via voice commands.
The title has been produced in collaboration with Amazon, and will be available as a skill for all Alexa-enabled devices in both the UK and the US, such as Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot smart home assistants.
The story's based off a classic RuneScape quest that sees players trying to solve a murder at the Abbey of St Elspeth. However, the crime scene investigation soon goes awry as players quickly discover some dark, demonic secrets lying at the heart of the Abbey.
“RuneScape Quests: One Piercing Note is RuneScape doing what it does best – telling stories, immersing players in an adventurous narrative and, with Amazon Alexa, we’re delivering that experience in a very specific way for a great voice experience,” said Mark Ogilvie, design director at Jagex Games Studio.
“Players choose their own path throughout the adventure, engaging in audio puzzles, investigating crime scenes, selecting how to question suspects and, ultimately, how to catch the killer. The game takes full advantage of Alexa AI machine learning; using its state of the art voice recognition and natural language understanding to make interactions more conversational and directions more seamless, putting the player squarely in the role of a proper investigator.”
Rob Pulciani, director at Amazon Alexa added: “The potential for voice-based experiences is endless, and RuneScape for Alexa demonstrates what’s possible in immersive gameplay. We’ve seen a great response to the voice-enabled games available on Alexa so far, and Jagex is taking it to a new level—bringing a flagship title to the Alexa service, and creating a new, fun and immersive way to experience a game that’s already loved by millions of fans across the world.”