Amazon Echo users can now take part in a brand new BBC audio adventure called The Inspection Chamber.
Inspired by ‘choose your own adventure’ style games and books, The Inspection Chamber allows listeners to shape the story’s path by giving answers at crucial plot points, guiding events towards one of several possible endings.
BBC developers created a brand new story engine from scratch to maximise the range of answers the user to give and to ensure the story could mould itself around those responses accordingly.
Developed in collaboration with production company Rosina Sound, the adventure is available from today for Amazon’s range of Alexa-powered devices and will be rolled out to other platforms in the future.
George Wright, head of Internet Research and Future Services for BBC R&D, said: “The Inspection Chamber is an experimental first step using this emerging medium. It enables listeners to take part and interact in a way they never have before.
“They’re not just a listener any more – they have an active role in the story, playing the fourth character in a radio play which puts them in the heart of the action.
“This collaboration between the BBC’s R&D department and a new audio independent company is something we’re all excited by.”