Xbox 360 gamers will soon have reason to rediscover The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Bethesda today announced plans to release a free title updated later this month that will integrate Kinect support, allowing gamers to yell out over 200 voice commands, including dragon shouts. From bartering to battling, the Kinect update adds a new dimension to Skyrim that previously didn't exist, and there will also be a handful of new functionality to go along with the voice commands, such as special map features, additional hotkey options, and the ability to sort items by name, weight, and value.
Kinect support is limited to voice commands only (boo!), representing a missed opportunity for Bethesda to turn an awesome April Fool's prank into an actual thing. So while you won't be face-planting into the coffee table and taking a wooden splinter to the knee, you will be able to issue follower commands, navigate menus, and create and load saved games using only your vocal cords.
Another missed opportunity here is for PC gamers. It appears the update will only apply to Xbox 360 gamers, which is unfortunate now that Kinect is officially available for Windows, not to mention the fact that many PC gamers already have access to a microphone, be it a headset or via a built-in mic on their laptop.
Bethesda will roll out a full list of voice commands in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out this teaser video.