Starfinder for Alexa
Fully voice-acted Starfinder adventures for Alexa launch December 16.
If you've been following Paizo's social media accounts over the past week you may have noticed teaser images hinting that something Starfinder related was coming December 16th. Speculation abounded. Perhaps they were going to launch a revised 1.5 rule-set. Maybe some sort of IP partnership had been hammered out with another company. Perhaps it was an in-game announcement, like an update on the new leader of the Starfinder Society (though that had already been announced). Or, just maybe, giant plushie Skittermanders were coming for Christmas! Nope. Turns out Starfinder is coming to your Amazon Alexa-enabled devices next week.
While I haven't gotten the chance to play around with them yet, these will be interactive stories that are fully voice-acted with music and sound effects. In the first adventure, Scoundrels in the Spike, you can choose to play as one of three iconic heroes: Iseph the iconic operative, Quig the iconic mechanic, and Navasi the iconic envoy. Raia the iconic technomancer will serve as your companion in the adventure.
“Starfinder: Scoundrels in the Spike” was adapted for Alexa by James L. Sutter, former Starfinder Creative Director and an award-winning author. The pilot episode was originally written for the Starfinder Beginner Box by Starfinder Managing Developer Amanda Hamon.
While this certainly won't replace the tabletop RPG for us fans, it offers another way to ease people into the hobby by introducing them to the lore of Starfinder in an easily accessible and hopefully immersive and fun way. The first episode will be free, though paid episodes will come later down the pike.
We'll be playing through the adventure when it launches next week. I'm quite curious to see how much agency the player is given. But this is an exciting development for Starfinder that will hopefully allow it to reach an even broader audience.
Read the Paizo blog entry for further details.