Recently, augmented reality (AR) specialist Niantic Labs has been showcasing some exciting projects in the works, like the collaboration with Nintendo on a Pikmin title, and teasing some new hardware. Then there are its plans for large-scale multiplayer on 5G, unveiling Codename: Urban Legends.
With ultra-low latency and high bandwidth capabilities, 5G is being viewed as a core technology for the future of AR and virtual reality (VR) entertainment, hence why Niantic Labs created the Planet-Scale AR Alliance last year with members including Deutsche Telekom, EE, Globe Telecom, Orange and Verizon. Codename: Urban Legends has been created to demo the combined technologies, with some of those operators already network testing the videogame.
Offering what looks to be a far more active experience than Pokemon GO, Codename: Urban Legends requires players to team up and rescue mythical allies by blasting monster with magical spells. The early tests have allowed the game to handle 10 times as many players simultaneously whilst seeing a similar level of improvement when it comes to latency.
“We’re really excited to partner with Niantic and the Planet-Scale AR Alliance to enable real-time immersive multiplayer AR gaming with our advanced 5G and MEC network enabled by MobiledgeX. Edge enablement is crucial to our ability to deliver trusted, secure user experiences that demand high bandwidth, low latency, and real-time spatial awareness regardless of the application or industry being served,” said Dr. Alex Choi, Senior Vice President of Head of Strategy & Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom in a statement.
“Codename: Urban Legends is just the type of creative AR multiplayer game we envisioned benefiting from our leading network, and our customers will be able to see and feel the difference 5G Ultra Wideband brings when playing the game,” Erin McPherson, Vice President, Consumer Content and Partnerships, Verizon adds.
5G is becoming more widely available with all the latest smartphones featuring the tech so hopefully, it won’t be long before Codename: Urban Legends sees a public launch. There’s still Pikmin AR to look forward to this year plus further news on Catan: World Explorers. As details arise, VRFocus will let you know.