Since the launch of Apple’s ARKIt, several companies have begun to take advantage of its enhanced augmented reality (AR) capabilities. Some chose to develop new applications, others entirely rebuilt their programs with ARKit, and some added ARKit features to existing applications.
Mobile videogame developer Game Insight has build one new title using ARKit, and added a new ARKit-based feature to another. Simulation title My Country lets players build a tiny world using an iPhone or iPad, containing people, airports, trains, roads and buildings. Players can overlook their city, or zoom in closer to solve problems such as traffic jams to make sure the citizens are happy.
AR capabilities have also been added in to multiplayer action-shooter Guns of Boom, with a new AR ‘spectator mode’ which allows people to watch the action going on within the videogame with a type of AR diorama.
“ARKit has enabled us to create experiences within My Country that blur the line between the player’s world and their creation. This has always been the nirvana of city building games, and we’re ecstatic to help players feel like a real part of their cities,” said Anatoly Ropotov, CEO of Game Insight. “And with Guns of Boom, it has also given us the opportunity to look at unique AR possibilities beyond gameplay. With the growth of eSports audiences on the rise, we were able to use ARKit to rethink how viewers can experience watching their favorite games. With Guns of Boom AR spectator mode, eSports fans can watch a living diorama of gameplay unfold before their eyes.”
VRFocus will continue to report on new and innovative uses for AR technology.