Dream Reality Interactive has today launched its debut augmented reality (AR) videogame, Orbu. Developed using ARKit, Orbu is available now for iPhone and iPad, downloadable via Apple’s App Store.
With a unique art style inspired by Zen gardens, Orbu is an AR videogame based upon slingshot mechanics. Players transform their real-world surroundings as they attempt to guide their Orbu creatures – Tanuki (raccoon dog), Noko (turtle) and Konkon (fox) – through a series of obstacle courses, leading them to their spiritual homes. Moving around the play areas – indoors or outdoors – players must find butterflies, feed fish and can unveil new secrets as they progress.
“Working with ARKit has enabled us to open doors to new dimensions,” states Albert Bentall, Creative Director of Orbu. “It’s like watching a magician do a trick for the first time but instead of pulling rabbits out of hats we make fish jump out of the floor.”
Fronted by David Ranyard, formerly of Sony London Studio – the team responsible for the popular PlayStation VR Worlds – Dream Reality Interactive announced its launch in early 2017. Following a few months of silence it was revealed that the studio had raised finance from a number of high-profile investors, including Phil Harrison, the co-founder of PlayStation and President of Sony Worldwide Studios.
Ranyard, CEO of Dream Reality Interactive, said “Augmented Reality has enormous potential to offer new experiences for players, especially on mobile. We wanted to make a game where people could step out of their busy lives and relax in beautiful Zen gardens. Guiding the Orbu creatures through obstacle courses is a fun distraction from modern life.”
Orbu is the studio’s first AR title, however Dream Reality Interactive was also involved in the development of Hold the World, a Factory 42 production for Sky featuring Sir David Attenborough as a VR hologram.
Available to download now, Orbu is compatible with iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus, 7 and 7 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus, SE; iPad (2017, 9.7) and iPad Pro (12.9 and 10.5), priced at $2.99 USD, £2.99 GBP and €3.49 EUR. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on Orbu and future AR/VR releases from Dream Reality Interactive.