Alexa Answers the Call of Duty

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Games, Hardware, Smart Home with 4 Comments

Alexa Answers the Call of Duty

Activision announced this week that it has released a beta set of Call of Duty skills for Amazon Alexa. Yes, that’s right: You can now interact with the hit game Call of Duty: WWII using your voice and your Echo smart speaker.

“With a simple voice command, Call of Duty provides you with critical intel, personalized instruction and essential after-action reports in real-time so you can take your game to the next level,” the announcement notes. “Want to access all of your multiplayer stats, check your progress on an active challenge, or hear what’s new in the Call of Duty world? Call of Duty has your six.”

Contrary to what I had imagined when I first heard about this skill, the Alexa integration doesn’t enable real-time voice features to the game itself. (Indeed, when you think about it, that kind of functionality—“Call in an airstrike!” or whatever—should be built right into the game, right?) Instead, it’s about getting in-game information after the fact, and between matches.

It’s also multiplayer-specific, which makes sense: The COD:WWII is dense with various power-ups, and keeping track of your progress across your in-game personas, loadouts, contracts, orders, and various other capabilities requires a lot of whack-a-moling.

To get started, enable the Call of Duty skill on your Amazon account, make sure an Echo or other Alexa-compatible speaker is near your Xbox One, and then dive into the game.

A few sample phrases can be found in Activision’s Call of Duty videos on YouTube. Some examples include:

“Alexa, how did I do in my last match?”

“Alexa, how did I do compared to my friends?”

“Alexa, ask Call of Duty what contracts am I close to completing?”

Not too compelling, really. But an interesting use of Alexa. And a new take on the notion of “Call of Duty skills,” too.

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4 responses to “Alexa Answers the Call of Duty”

  1. jecouch66

    I just can't imagine I'd ever want or need to use that kind of assistance. I'm a Battlefield player anyway, but even were it offered I'd probably never use it. I remember playing Modern Warfare and all your stats were shown after the round. Still that way on Battlefield. Has this changed? And wouldn't seeing a web page be more useful? I'm really not trolling here, genuinely curious how this would be a benefit. The only one of the examples used that I thought might not be easy to see otherwise was the comparison to your friends.

  2. spacein_vader

    I'd be interested in Paul's views on the rumours circulating in the gaming press that Black Ops 4 won't have a single player campaign at all. Everyone seems to see it as either a massive mistake or an overdue change to a mode most people don't buy the game for.


    I prefer the more cynical route: It's been stripped out to be sold as DLC later.

    • Stooks

      In reply to spacein_vader:

      So I liked call of Duty up to the Modern Warfare version. After that it got stupid or at least the multiplayer did. After MW2 I quit buying the game. The MP was twitch/14 year old lame with tiny maps and the graphics using that same old engine (highly modified quake 2 engine?) was looking old compared to other games.


      I did miss the SP though because some of them were great stories to play through. So I bought this latest version after many years of not doing so. I got it right when it came out, on my Xbox One X. Man nothing has changed. The SP was pretty good but the MP...SSDD tiny maps, bunny hopping BS. I have no idea why anyone would use anything but the fastest assault rifles. The sniper is a joke on those maps....well I guess if you are quickscoping then it is probably OK. Quickscoping = 14 year old ADD player.


      If this new COD drops SP....it will kill the franchise.

    • Paul Thurrott

      In reply to spacein_vader:

      I've been meaning to write about this (and Modern Warfare 2): "A tale of two CODs." :) I may still do so.


      For the new game (BO4), I don't think single player matters at all. They clearly have data on the relative interest of each game component.

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