The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will officially get its free update for Xbox 360 Kinect functionality during the week of April 23, with the English, French, German, Italian and Spanish languages supported.
The update will allow players to perform a variety of actions with their voice, ranging from Dragon Shouts, Follower Commands, and Hotkey Equips. Full control of the game's menus, fast-travelling to locations and the ability to sort items in a player's inventory by name, weight, and value through voice is also included.
Kinect functionality for Skyrim had apparently been conceptualised by Bethesda shortly after the November release of the game under the name, “Project Adam”, according to an exclusive interview with CNN.
Despite the addition of over 200 voice commands, Bethesda’s VP of Marketing and PR, Pete Hines says there are no plans to implement physical-actions with Kinect.
“Doing combat and swinging your sword and all that stuff without a controller would dramatically change the game. We’re trying to enhance the experience as we designed it with some additional functionality”.
A full list of the 200 voice commands available will be released just before the update hits Xbox Live. If you haven't already, take a look at yesterday's announcement video to see how Xbox 360 owners can finally “FUS ROH DAH” some dragons and bandits in Skyrim.
By Nathan Misa