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Huge Acolyte Update Adds Text-to-Speech Functionality

Superstring, a game studio dedicated to developing unexpected game hybrids, has today released the Acolyte: Voice Within Update – a substantial 1.1 update to the game which includes dynamic, fully-voiced dialogue thanks to a partnership with TTS-developers, ReadSpeaker.

Acolyte | Voice Within Update Trailer

We’re excited to see the release of the Voice Within update” said ReadSpeaker’s Tom DiPietropolo about the implementation, “ReadSpeaker is excited to play a role in the engaging dialog Superstring has created by incorporating our Unity Game Engine plugin to bring dynamic, runtime Voice AI to their Alternate Reality Game.

Alongside TTS functionality, the Voice Within Update includes a new Horoscope Module, new Jokes and Interesting Facts (all of which can be retrieved via natural language input), hundreds of lines of new dialogue, and a slew of fixes and improvements.

Acolyte takes advantage of the Spirit AI Character Engine, allowing players to converse with their Acolyte in real time via a series of text exchanges. The full game combines non-linear storytelling with ambitious puzzles and wider ARG (Alternate Reality Game)  elements for a unique narrative that spills out of the game and into the real world.

Acolyte invites players to become an employee of Nanomax – a well-funded tech start-up looking to change the face of consumer AI. As a remote QA tester for the company, players will interact with its staff and absorb its culture, but unexplained firings, missing employees and a strange, highly-classified bug in the Acolyte code-base point to something being very wrong.

ARG’s haven’t been explored all too much in the traditional game space,said Superstring’s Jamin Smith “With Acolyte the intention was to build an experience that quickly left the confines of the game itself, where the realities of game world and the players real life start to blur. Acolyte has some big ideas, and I hope it resonates with narrative fans looking for something a little different.”

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