Gamasutra – Press releases – RichCast ushers in the era of interactive voice-activated entertainment
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Early Access is now open to RichCast creators ahead of a full launch for PC and Mac in December, followed by iOS and Android in Q1 2022
** UNDER EMBARGO until September 28, 2021 12:01 a.m. **
PANIVOX today unveiled RichCast (www.RichCast.com) – a whole new genre of interactive voice-activated entertainment that empowers creators of user-generated content and delivers revolutionary experiences for creative writers, influencers and consumers.
RichCast’s goal is to democratize the creation and distribution of high-quality voice-activated interactive narrative content, targeting the hundreds of millions of people around the world who enjoy consuming and creating digital content in all its forms.
For creators, RichCast’s powerful yet highly intuitive built-in Studio enables users to create an astonishing range of new forms of interactive content, including:
- Imaginative stories
- Stimulating quizzes
- Health and wellness experiences
- Training and learning resources
… and much more to discover, all with voice and touch controls, HD videos, audiovisual effects and AI voices to bring new words – and new worlds to life.
For gamers, RichCast delivers the next generation of narrative audio experiences right in a mobile app, encompassing content ranging from fiction and comics to factual and educational, allowing people to talk about the stories they want. listen, influence events and choose their own path.
It equates to rich, immersive, stimulating and captivating experiences that blur the lines between literature and entertainment.
PANIVOX has already secretly ordered titles – in the coming months, this will start to incentivize content creation through contests and referrals. As the platform’s audience grows, monetization will be introduced and brand owners will be invited to join us.
While gamers will enjoy the freedom to consume RichCast content on mobile devices, creators can enjoy the big screen environment on their tablet, laptop, or desktop.
Creators can now sign up for early access, open now, to take care of RichCast Studio, with a competition held in November to find the best talent and content within the RichCast creator community.
To register for the RichCast Early Access Program, visit: www.RichCast.com
RichCast will launch fully for creators in December 2021 and for gamers on iOS and Android in Q1 2022.
PANIVOX was created by three highly respected and experienced veterans of the UK gaming industry: Neil Campbell, along with Philip and Andrew Oliver, with the aim of creating the ‘Go To’ app and community for ‘a new type of interactive entertainment ”.
With over 20 years in the games industry, Campbell co-founded Viewpoint Games and enjoys an enviable reputation as a game developer and designer, having worked on major franchises such as Guitar Hero and DJ Hero. Legends of the games industry, the Oliver Twins have created hundreds of titles over the past 40 years, including the ultra-popular ’80s character Dizzy, as well as two previous studios.
Philip Oliver, CEO of PANIVOX, said: “People love to be creative, but right now creating anything interactive for non-programmers is limited to complex 3D worlds. We wanted to remove those barriers to entry and provide creatives with the intuitive tools, market path, and rewards they need to focus on what they do best – creating great entertainment.
“And for our players, we’re confident that RichCast will become the ‘go-to’ app for interactive voice-activated content. As we like to say: Your voice … Your choice.
Neil Campbell, Director of Development, said, “For creators, RichCast Studio offers arguably the simplest programming system ever. This means that people with little to no technical knowledge can jump right in and start creating great interactive voice-activated content, while more experienced users can take advantage of its powerful features to take their stories to the next level. We can’t wait to see the incredible and immersive content our RichCasters will conjure up. “
Andrew Oliver, Creative Director, added: “RichCast also presents a unique opportunity that allows everyone to harness the power of AI Voices and the most natural and powerful human user interface – speech – which is underutilized in entertainment. We hope this will get people talking!
To learn more about RichCast and to sign up for Early Access, visit www.RichCast.com
For RichCast media resources, visit: https://bit.ly/RichCastLaunchAssets
RichCast launch video: https://bit.ly/RichCastRevealVideo
The studio is based in the UK and is working remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
PANIVOX is Oliver Twins ‘latest interactive entertainment company, having previously founded Blitz Games and Radiant Worlds, which were sold to Rebellion in 2018. In September 2018, Guinness World Records named the Oliver Twins’ Most prolific 8-bit video game developers ”. The twins were also awarded honorary doctorates in 2008 from Coventry University (in Business Administration (DBA) and Technology (DTech) for Philip and Andrew respectively) in recognition of their contribution to the growth of the gaming industry. electronics regionally and internationally, and they were honored as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2010.
Philip is currently Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University while Andrew is Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University.
Neil Campbell has extensive experience in video game development, which began while working at Blitz Games alongside Andrew Oliver. After working on several games including Disney, Sonic, Crazy Taxi and Guitar Hero, he co-founded Viewpoint Games in 2014, specializing in virtual reality. Neil is Director of Development and oversees the development of the application and functionality of the cloud-based platform.
You can find more details about PANIVOX at https://www.PANIVOX.com
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