Roleplaying is the red-headed stepchild of MMO design considerations these days, but at least one studio hasn't forgotten immersion enthusiasts. Sony Online Entertainment
has announced a new EverQuest II
feature called SOEmote, which converts your webcam input into avatar facial expressions. The suite also gives users the option to modulate their voice to something appropriate for their character.
"Any game that calls itself a roleplaying game absolutely needs this feature. For other games, it's just a really good idea that your players will want. Pick a character. Pick a class. And then be that character instead of just being yourself. That's what a roleplaying game is supposed to be," SOE producer Dave Georgeson
Head to PCGamer for the full interview and a tech demo video.