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Star Wars: Squadrons gets voice commands with this premium PC mod

Michael Dorn — yes, Worf — supplies one of three pilot voices

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Players of Star Wars: Squadrons on Windows PC now have voice command support through HCS Voicepacks, a mod that players of Elite Dangerous and No Man’s Sky have used to give themselves AI co-pilots. Of the three characters available, one is voiced by Michael Dorn, better known as the Klingon Worf from the Star Trek: The Next Generation show and films.

The video above gives a better description of what the mod (£10 per voice pack) does. The user flies their ship, lipping off crisp commands, which the AI confirms, giving them that super-cool space jockey feeling. It’s even better when combined with a VR headset and hands-on throttle and stick (HOTAS) control, a combo that our review says may cause players to never leave the house again.

For Squadrons, the HCS Voicepack designers accounted for the fact that a fighter’s hardpoints can be loaded with different weapons. Players can confirm their loadouts with the virtual pilot, so that the AI speaks back what is actually fired — proton torpedo as opposed to a concussion missile, for example — or simply uses “left (or right) auxiliary.”

“The ‘Galaxy’ profile, which is in all of the voice packs for SWS, has been tested in multiplayer and campaign,” says HCs Voicepacks. “We make these things because we play the games. […] If we enjoy them, we know you will.”

HCS Voicepacks maintains a Discord channel, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account. More information about the Squadrons, Elite, and other voice packs can be found at its website.

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