While videogames like Pokemon GO often promote their augmented reality (AR) features, in reality, you don’t need the function turned on to play any of the titles. But there are a new breed of experiences appearing for mobile devices which embrace AR to its fullest, the latest being horror franchise Five Night’s at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery which has launched today.
While Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted kept with the franchise storyline putting players inside a nightmarish amusement park filled with murderous animatronics, developer Illumix had to change the dynamic because of the new locations, your home.
In this storyline players subscribe to Fazbear Entertainment’s brand new on-demand “Fazbear Funtime Service”, receiving a personal visit from their favourite characters. That, of course, means a terrifying visit by Freddy, Bonnie and the rest of the gang, creeping around wherever you happen to be.
Gameplay revolves around surviving an endless stream of these hostile animatronics, following you wherever you are – home, work, the park. With access to limited resources, to help you survive the tools at your disposal include a flashlight, shocker and battery. There’s also the chance to build your own animatronics in Five Night’s at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery, as you can collect parts, CPUs, plushsuits, and mods to assemble, repair, and deploy your own hotwired animatronics.
This feature has an added social element thanks to the PvP mode. In Five Night’s at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery friends can attack each other with their custom-made robots, sending one after the other in a scary tit-for-tat. Success also means climbing the leaderboards to show you can deliver – and survive – the frights.
Five Night’s at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery is available today for Android and iOS platforms. This is the first AR videogame from Illumix, with the company having raised approximately $10 million USD towards developing more. Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted team Steel Wool Studios are also working on an Oculus Quest version, so players can really enjoy any version of the immersive horror franchise wherever they are. For further updates on either title, keep reading VRFocus.