If you spent the day playing Persona 5 strikers and noticed that the voice of the digital assistant in the game sounded familiar, probably because it was played by the original voice of Syria (via Kotaku). Susan Bennett originally voted for Apple’s digital assistant and now plays EMMA, AI in the game.
You can hear how it sounds in the role in the video below, around the 9:44 mark.
However, if you ask the iPhone for directions to the nearest camping store, you may notice that its answer doesn’t sound exactly like a game. This is because, although Bennett was the original voice for Siri when it debuted with the iPhone 4S with iOS 5 (although technically Siri existed with Bennett’s voice before it was ever added to the iPhone), it was replaced by the launch of iOS 7.
Typeform has an interview with Bennett about how she became Siri’s voice, and includes tons of her voice recordings, which you can compare to her work in Strikers. You can also check out an Apple ad featuring Siri on the iPhone 4S to get a feel for how Siri sounded then in case its current iteration overwrote those memories.
This is the kind of extra mile we love to see game developers go. “We need someone to play a voice assistant in the English version of the game. How about the person who played one of the first major voice assistants? “If you want to experience it for yourself, Persona 5 strikers comes out today on PlayStation, Steam and Switch.