Are you a Pokémon fan? From next year you will be able to catch your favorite pocket monsters in the real world!
Few days ago The Pokémon Company, production company of the famous videogame, announced that from 2016 will be released the new mobile game “Pokémon Go”.
This new version of the game has been developed by the company together with Nintendo and Niantic, and it will have incredible game features: Pokémon Go will be a mobile-based game, available for iOS and Android, and it will use augmented reality. With the help of a GPS and of the smartphone’s camera it will make possible to catch Pokémons in the real world: our mobile device will work as a radar, notifying us when one of the most famous collectable little monsters will be near us.
As for other videogames featuring augmented reality, even in this case we point out the importance of this new technology combined with gaming dynamics to break the bad habit, every day more normal for children and adults, of passing too much time in the house in front of tv and consoles. Applications as Pokémon Go or Ingress (yes, the other game created by Niantic) are working in double ways: one is to deliver fun to the users, while the other one is to help them going out of the house to interact with the outdoor spaces.
The Pokémon Go app will be available from next year in free download with some in-app purchase features, but Nintendo announced also another device that will add to the smartphone experience other elements, as the information on the presence of other players near us; the name of this second gadget will be Pokémon Go Plus and we don’t have a price yet, but probably it will be soon announced.
Watch the incredible presentation video:
It seems that 2016 will be a year full of augmented reality news; continue to read our blog to get constant updates!
Often new technologies linked to Augmenter Reality, from wearables to headsets, to apps, start from a crowdfunding campaing on sites such as Kickstarter to find the initial funds and become reality. We talked of some very famous cases that had a lot of success, but it’s not the same for everyone: for a limited number of ambitious projects that the web decides to fund, there are hundreds that don’t even have a chance to start. However, this doesn’t mean that the project will never come to life or have success in some other way.
This is the case of “Clandestine: Anomaly“, mobile videogame that, on the style of Ingress, turns the world around us into a set of a sci-fi battle between factions. Despite the Kickstarted campaing didn’t have success, and so had to be interrupted, ZenFri’s creatives didn’t give up and found other ways.
So, right in these days, they announced the release of this new augmented videogame that will see us as main characters in a war between the planets. Essentially, an alien ship smacked in our zone, miraculously leaving our house untouched; from that moment our smartphone will receive signals and we’ll be part of a sci-fi war that will take place in the place we know, the ones where we lived and maybe we even grew up.
This is the officiale synopsis, from the site: “After your phone is hacked by mysterious and advanced alien technology, you are thrust into the middle of an inter-galactic war. Though you possess no training, no experience, zero authorization and no skills that can help you navigate through the interstellar struggle, your involvement is paramount to deciphering the clues in your immediate area and beyond. Unraveling a multi-dimensional mystery, it’s up to you to act.”
“Clandestine: Anomaly” is developed by ZenFri and will be launched this month in the iOS version; there’s not yet an official date for Android, but it seems it will be very soon.
Here the official trailer:
It’s been online from 2012 and soon it will be available even for Android Wear smartwatch. Who knows what we are talking about?
About the game Ingress, of course.
If you don’t know what we are talking about, here is a short description: we are sure after you will want to try it!
Ingress is a mobile videogame developed by Google and based on Augmented Reality, since it’s played directly on the real geography of the places around us. It works like this: once you downloaded the app and accessed the game, you are asked to join a faction choosing between Enlightened and Resistance. You can’t change the faction later, so be sure of your first choice. At this point, through your phone’s GPS, you will be localized on a map resembling Google Maps, just more sci-fi. Immediately you will be able to see some big lit up points: these are the “Portals”, generally put where historical and artistic spots are. The colors of the Portals will be different, depending if they are neutral or conquered by the Enlightened or the Resistance. Physically moving around we will collect Exotic Matter (XM), an unknown form of energy found on the entire planet, which will allow us to interact with the Portals. The aim of the game, of course, is to conquer the portals of the opposite faction, attacking (Hack) and then defending them with Resonators and Mods.
Ingress is not only an interactive game, but also an app that helps us to know better the world we have around through Augmented Reality: some Portals, in fact, are in interesting places we never even knew the existence of. In addition, in an age in which a lot of us pass hours and hours sitting at the desk, a game based on the physical interaction with the places we have around is good for health and exercise.
Ingress is an example of a playful activity that, thanks to Augmented Reality, affects positively on the users’ life. Ingress is available for Android and iOS and it’s free; what faction will you choose?