Viewers Can Influence Dead Nation During a Stream
If you caught our announcement of MarchÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s PS+ game lineup, you might have caught a few interesting details about the special broadcast features found in the PS4Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition.
Basically, if you decide to stream your Dead Nation gameplay, your viewers can do more than just sit back and watch. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be able to vote on certain things that can happen in your game, and thereby alter the difficulty level. Kind viewers might choose to give you extra ammo. Not-so-kind viewers might gleefully vote to put a bunch of zombies in your path. We bet thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be a lot of that.
Viewers who vote will also appear in your game themselves, as named zombies.
This sounds like a really interesting way for game developers to take advantage of the PS4Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s broadcasting features (and the Xbox One, once it integrates Twitch next month) in a way that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hinder the experience for players who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stream, but adds something special for those who do. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never seen this sort of player-viewer interactivity before, and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be interested in how it works out.
Check out the trailer, which includes a snippet of viewers voting during a broadcast, and let us know your thoughts.