New ‘Voice Attorney’ Video Game Exclusive for Google Nest Hub Relies Solely on Speech Controls
Google and Bolverk Games have published a new video game called Voice Attorney running solely on voice commands and available only on the Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max smart displays. The Bolverk Games-produced Voice Attorney leverages the speech recognition capabilities of the Nest displays to turn players into lawyers searching for justice, including interrupting other characters to shout objections.
Like Ace Attorney and legal RPGs, Voice Attorney consists of several legal cases that the player must solve by examining evidence and interacting with witnesses and others connected to the case during a trial. Taking on the role of Pax Cooper in the completely voice-acted game, which uses Google’s natural language understanding to process and respond to what users say. That includes responses to interruptions by the player, meaning they can announce objections to what their opposition says, and the game’s characters will respond accordingly, depending on if the player is able to justify their interruption. The visuals in Voice Attorney are a key element of the game, as the physical evidence can determine how the player proceeds. That’s why the game is only available on the two Google Nest Hub smart displays. Those who own one can activate the game by saying, “Hey Google, play Voice Attorney.” Bolverk Games is mainly known for virtual reality games like Dick Wilde, but also recently produced a Nintendo Switch title called Glyph. The Danish company began working with Google in late 2020 and Voice Attorney is the first result of the ongoing collaboration. You can see a trailer of the game in the video above.
“Developing this idea as a voice-controlled game was incredibly compelling for us since you embody a lawyer by doing the same thing lawyers do in court: talking and listening,” Bolverk Games director Jaime Monedero March explained. “Working with Google has been very exciting: they gave us complete creative control over the game while also taking a really active part in the development, especially when it came to helping us leverage the complexity and possibilities of their voice recognition tech.”
The visuals in Voice Attorney are a key element of the game, as the physical evidence can determine how the player proceeds. That’s why the game is only available on the two Google Nest Hub smart displays. Voice games with visual and other multimodal components are becoming more popular as the technology improves. Voice game studio Volley uses visuals for its Magic Word game, combining audio and visual clues like GIFs and music, and may have new ideas for similar concepts as the new exclusive licensor for “Jeopardy!” and the entire Sony Pictures Television stable of voice games, The same goes for Pac-Man Waka Waka, an Echo Show Pac-Man game with movement controls based on speaking the made-up Wakanese language by Doppio Games, a studio acquired by Sands Casino-owned Fortis Games.