When you’ve spent the day playing through Persona 5 strikers and noticed that the digital assistant’s voice sounded familiar in-game, probably because it was played by Siri’s original voice (over Kotaku). Susan Bennett originally provided the voice for Apple’s digital assistant, and now she plays EMMA, the game’s AI.
You can hear how she sounds in the role in the video below at 9:44 a.m.
However, when you ask your iPhone for directions to the nearest camping store, you may find that the response doesn’t sound exactly like the game. That’s because while Bennett was the original voice for Siri when it debuted with the iPhone 4S on iOS 5 (although Siri technically existed with Bennett’s voice before it was ever added to the iPhone), It was replaced with the launch of iOS 7.
Type shape has an interview with Bennett about how she became the voice of Siri, and it has tons of voice recordings of her that you can compare to her work in Strikers. You can see too Apple’s ad that introduces Siri on the iPhone 4S to get a feel for what Siri sounded like back then, in case its current iteration overwritten those memories.
This is the kind of extra mile we like to see when game developers go. “We need someone to play the voice assistant in the English version of the game. How about the person who played one of the first great voice assistants? “If you want to experience it yourself, Persona 5 strikers is available today on PlayStation, Steam and Switch.