Pokemon hiding at bus stops, wizards battling close to the library: Niantic’s first few augmented actuality cellphone video gamesused telephones to map the actual world into video games. The firm’s subsequent tasks are going for board video games and immersive theater.
Niantic’s latest partnership is with Punchdrunk, the creators of the immersive theater hit Sleep No More (which had been operating since 2013, however is on hiatus in New York). Besides immersive theater, Punchdrunk created a Samsung VR piece at Cannes in 2016, and Punchdrunk’s inventive director, Felix Barrett, was a part of Niantic’s augmented reality symposium final fall.
Augmented actuality looks like a pure extension of concepts in bodily immersive theater, and a few experiences have already explored concepts like this on telephones and in headsets. (One of my favourite immersive theater experiences felt like augmented actuality, however and not using a display screen.) It’s unclear what Niantic’s Punchdrunk partnership will produce, however an announcement from inventive director Barrett says:
“At Punchdrunk we create richly cinematic 3D worlds where audiences can explore, touch and smell the environment; where the boundaries between reality and fantasy are indistinguishable. Those that have seen Sleep No More often liken the experience to how it might feel to walk into a video game. What happens if you take that sense of adventure into the real world? Tear down the walls and the world becomes your stage. I believe that Punchdrunk and Niantic can create something that has never been done before. They do it in AR, we do it in real life. Collide the two and I think we will blow people’s minds; bend the rules of genre and redefine the norms of mobile gaming.”
Niantic hasn’t confirmed any timeframe for the Punchdrunk gaming partnership, however Niantic’s different large undertaking, a world-spanning model of Settlers of Catan known as Catan World Explorers, is launching in beta quickly. Settlers of Catan is a long-standing traditional award-winning board recreation sequence with its personal multiplayer app, however Niantic’s model, introduced final 12 months, will span precise places and in some way flip the whole lot right into a digital board recreation utilizing AR.