This type of game could increase the appeal of AI assistants to a wider range of audiences

Amazon’s Alexa will serve as the host of a new trivia-based board game called ‘When in Rome’ from startup Sensible Object. The game, which is set to be released in March 2018, will be the first in a series of six voice-augmented games the company plans to unveil.

Alexa’s role in ‘When in Rome’ is to keep track of everything that goes on in the game, including the score and interactions between players. The game features trivia questions from locals in 20 cities around the world.

“We’re a games company and we’re very excited about the way this network of [voice-first] devices creates a platform on which we can tap the chief, fundamental ways humans like to play. What we’ve been doing since the dawn of time is playing together socially and we’ve done that with analog objects like boards and cards and dice, and digital devices have given us this new immersive place to play together,” Alex Fleetwood, CEO of Sensible Object, told VentureBeat.

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Amazon’s Alexa will serve as the host of a new trivia-based board game called ‘When in Rome’ from startup Sensible Object. The game, which is set to be released in March 2018, will be the first in a series of six voice-augmented games the company plans to unveil.

Alexa’s role in ‘When in Rome’ is to keep track of everything that goes on in the game, including the score and interactions between players. The game features trivia questions from locals in 20 cities around the world.