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With new speech recognition technology, Achievements, NLU improvements and more content in Arrival – this major upgrade is a real ‘game changer’. Even if you’ve played Bot Colony before – it's worth playing it again. You'll find it plays very differently - it’s a totally new, smoother, more immersive experience!
The Bot Colony update scheduled for June 19 will integrate Microsoft’s Cognitive Services Speech API, a new cloud-based speech recognition technology. Tests at North Side are showing this tech to have super high precision out of the gate, without training. We're keen to evaluate the impact of the new Microsoft technology on the game experience (it could be a real game changer :). During an evaluation period, the new voice recognition tech will be included at no additional cost, replacing the built-in free Microsoft speech-to-text or Dragon. However, we'll need to look closely at incremental sales versus expenses as we progress.
This lack of precision of the current voice recognition, its inability to deal with particular accents, impact of noisy environments, ambiguity of what words to assign to particular audio inputs - all posed a formidable problem for Bot Colony: many players bought the game expecting to talk to robots naturally and be understood. Though we're focused on NLU technology development and we're only an integrator of speech recognition, the quality of the overall experience heavily depends on how well speech recognition performs - as many players choose to speak rather than type. Concern about speech recognition negatively impacting the game got so high that in our February 21, 2017 update to Bot Colony players were encouraged to type instead of speaking. The new Microsoft tech will help Bot Colony offer the kind of immersive game experience we always wanted to offer to our players.
“Despite...my occasional exasperation with Jimmy, it turns out I enjoy the hell out of telling robots to do things and then watching them do things. When it works, it’s oddly satisfying. When it doesn’t work, it’s generally amusing.”
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“It’s not exactly Blade Runner‘s Voight Kampff test, but few, if any, games, offer this level of unscripted interaction. The game’s use of voice synthesis, which makes sense in this context, means that all the robots are fully voiced. Their pronunciation isn’t always dead on, though I still grinned like an idiot when I was able to get Jimmy to address me as Bruce Wayne. I spent a good hour picking through Jimmy’s recollections and even though we weren’t discussing anything deep, it was curiously satisfying. In its current state, Bot Colony definitely has promise, provided that the game’s developers build on the quality of ‘Intruder’.”
“Objectively speaking this is becoming a good game since it’s in early access it’s impossible to speak for the final version. It dares to put a lot of eggs in the user’s input basket which pays off as talking to robots is fun. However it has a learning curve and requires good spoken or written English depending on your chosen input option. As a side note, robots don’t find potty humor funny.”
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