In what has to be one of the most unusual pairings of Hollywood and the tech industry, Amazon's Alexa voice assistant can now guide you through an exploratory audio adventure focused on solving the mystery of Batman's murdered parents. The new game, called "The Wayne Investigation," is the product of a partnership between Amazon, DC Comics, and Warner Bros., according to a report today from Variety. It's designed to be a kind of marketing plug for the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film, which comes out on March 25th.
Once you've enabled the game in the skills section of the Alexa app, you can launch the experience with, "Alexa, open the Wayne Investigation." From there, Amazon's software will guide you through Gotham City, where you can interview other characters, find clues, and make as many as 37 decisions that branch the story in a number of ways. The choose-your-own-adventure script was put together by DC Comics writers with help from Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder’s production company, Cruel & Unusual Films.
"The Wayne Investigation" is a clever promotion for the new Batman v. Superman film
"The Wayne Investigation" is out today, so owners of Amazon's Echo speaker or the latest Fire TV set-top box should check the Alexa app to get the update. After the story comes to a close, you'll be able to ask Alexa for Dawn of Justice showtimes, which is a solid reminder that this is still just an advertisement wrapped up in a neat audio game. Still, Amazon's first movie promotion with Alexa is yet more proof its voice assistant has huge potential beyond playing music and ordering stuff online.
Update at 7:58PM ET Tuesday March 1st: Confirmed "The Wayne Investigation" is available today.