New augmented reality games hit the market
Angry Birds and Harry Potter are going high-tech
Augmented reality (AR) video games aren’t new, but they’re still cutting edge. The mobile gaming industry has benefited greatly from the technology, allowing gamers to play games that combine both a fantasy and the real world, thanks to the camera on a smartphone or tablet. The trend was started by Pokémon Go, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. An entirely new lineup is coming and two titles are sure to be huge successes.
Harry Potter: Worlds Unite is being developed by the same studio behind Pokémon Go, so it should definitely be a hit. Players will take the role of a new recruit in the Statute of Secrecy Task Force where they will be responsible for assisting wizards and witches around the world solve mysteries. The game is based on real-world locations and allows for both single or multiplayer action.
Rovio’s Angry Birds caught on bigger than anyone ever imagined. It’s now joining the IR world with Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs. The game is the 19th in the franchise and its AR is a little different than that of Harry Potter. Instead of incorporating locations around the world, the game is placed on a flat surface and players then walk around a 3D model created by the device’s location in order to find the best attack point. It’s not yet ready for Android, but probably will be released in the near future.
Other AR titles are coming, as well. Look out for dinosaurs with Jurassic World, explore Mojang’s Minecraft with Minecraft Earth and get inside the incredible world of Stranger Things with a role-playing adventure game expected to come out next year.