Today at the Game Developer Conference (GDC), PlayFusion and Games Workshop announced a partnership to bring the Warhammer universe to live through augmented reality (AR)
The partnership between the two companies will be the development of an all-new-way for tabletop war gaming and trading card game (TGC) fans to experience the Warhammer Age of Sigmar universe. Known as Warhammer Age of Sigma Champions, players will be able to collect, play and experience the title with both physical trading cards and a fully digital trading card videogame that will be accompanied by a completely immersive AR experience built using PlayFusion’s proprietary computer vision and augmented reality technology, the Enhanced Reality Engine.
Mark Gerhard, CEO and Co-Founder of PlayFusion commented on the announcement saying: “Partnering with Games Workshop fulfills a lifelong dream of contributing to the Warhammer universe. The majority of our team and I grew up part of the Warhammer community, so it’s a huge honour for all of us to not only partner with such an iconic British company but also to contribute to one of the original and best fantasy IPs in the world, we are really passionate about developing a rich and innovative new way for the community and beyond to experience the Age of Sigmar.”
PlayFusion have worked on a number of different projects over the years including Lightseekers, another TCG that was made in partnership with TOMY and released last year. For Warhammer Age of Sigma Champions, PlayFusion will be bring hundreds of collectible cards to market that players will be able to use to build their own decks, finding strategies and tactics that work for them. The physical cards will also come to life when viewed through PlayFusion’s Enhanced Reality Engine allowing players to unlock various enhanced gameplay options all while experience the Warhammer Age of Sigmar universe in stunning AR.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar Champions will also feature a unique physical-to-digital experience, allowing players to import their physical cards into the digital title and play online with those very cards. This will give players a whole new way to experience the title and take their decks into battle both online and offline.
Jon Gillard, Head of Licensing for Games Workshop commented saying: “Working with such a talented and accomplished group like PlayFusion is an absolute privilege. Their passion, technological expertise, and just sheer ‘can do’ attitude has been seriously impressive, taking the richness of Warhammer Age of Sigmar and merging it with their innovative hybrid physical/digital trading card game makes for a winning combination anyway, but add in the cool AR functionality and this game really is something special.”
Warhammer Age of Sigmar Champions is set to release for iOS, Android and PC in July 2018.
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