BioWare GM talks Mass Effect 3, Kinect and beyond

9:58 PM, Jan 18, 2012   |    comments
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'Mass Effect 3' by developer BioWare.

"Better with Kinect" --  Those are the words that Microsoft is using to describe anything that has the Xbox 360 Kinect attachment as an option.

Mass Effect 3, the upcoming blockbuster coming to the Xbox 360 and PC from developer BioWare, is being touted as being "better with Kinect" and BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn doesn't seem to mind.

"It is pretty fun to do it with Kinect," he stated in a one-on-one interview with's Game Guys.  "And it turns into a pretty nice experience."

One reason as to why it might be "pretty fun to play" (as Flynn put it) is because players will be able to literally bark out orders.  Playing with Kinect on the Xbox 360 allows players of Mass Effect 3 to verbally command NPC teammates James and Liara to perform certain actions such as "move", "grenade" and "carnage".  The game itself can also be vocally controlled for actions such as quick saving or equipment changes for game protagonist Shepard.  Flynn, of course, has his favorites.

"I like using the ones that let me control my squadmates in battle, so it's a really nice way to shout at your squadmates to do certain things and to hear them give feedback," Flynn said.

During his keynote address and press conference at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed that his company will be expanding Kinect into the PC arena to expand the device's capabilities.  While BioWare has stated that, as of the time this article is being written, the PC version of Mass Effect 3 does not have any Kinect support Flynn isn't yet ruling the option out.

"If it was reasonably feasible, we'd look into it," explained the BioWare GM.

As for whether future BioWare-developed titles will support Kinect's voice command technology, Flynn said that if Mass Effect 3's Kinect support is well received and everything goes over well then it would be worth exploring.

Mass Effect 3's voice command supports four languages: English (including American, British and Australian accents), Italian, French and German.  The game, which has been rated "M for Mature" by the ESRB, is due out on March 3rd of 2012 with a demo available as of February 14th on Xbox LIVE.


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