Skyrim Introduces Very Special Edition with Alexa
Skyrim, the fifth edition of the Elder Scrolls game franchise, was first released in 2011. Seven years later, the fantasy RPG also has an Alexa skill. Game maker Bethesda introduced the Alexa skill during a keynote at the annual E3 gaming convention with a comedic trailer featuring Keegan-Michael Key. It was designed as a humorous take on criticism of Bethesda’s track record of porting Skyrim to every new tech platform. Beyond Alexa integration, the trailer shows Key playing Skyrim through a Samsung smart refrigerator, on a pager and on an Etch-a-Sketch.
However, it is an actual Alexa game and it already has 71 customer reviews and a 4.7 star rating in the Alexa skill store. The humor doesn’t end with the trailer. It also baked into the skill. At one point you may come across an adoring fan that repeated attempts to hug you and inflicts five points of damage in each attempt. You only options are to flee or kill the fan. If you opt for the latter option, you level up. Now that’s amusing. You can go on quests or explore, engage in battle with mud crabs and more.
A Stand-alone Experience
Unlike Call of Duty and Destiny 2 Alexa skills, Skyrim does not attempt to integrate with the console game experience. Those other implementations actually use Alexa to augment user interaction during gameplay. Call of Duty even offers coaching through the Alexa skill to help gamers improve their play. Skyrim is stand alone experience. It will not help you with your Skyrim game play, but does offer a new way to enjoy Skyrim-like content on the Alexa platform.