Visitors to the Unity booth at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco receive a special augmented reality treatment courtesy of Magic Leap and Weta Workshop.
On Monday, after pointing out the revelation in a blog post last week, Magic Leap unveiled Grordbattle, a multiplayer expansion from . Grordbort & # 39; s Invaders which turns one to four players into pawns and competes against each other in a virtual battle. The Unity booth will be the exclusive site for first insights into the multiplayer experience.
"Also at the tail At the end of the game's development, we realized that we really wanted to explore multiplayer and people wanted to share their experiences," said Greg Broadmore of Weta Workshop, Game Director of Grordbort during an interview in the Keynote Unity Keynote
"Because you're still in the real world with the Magic Leap One, you can still see everything around you, but you have this unique experience, and no one else could see it, so we wanted to solve this problem immediately. "
The new Game Mode is an early prototype of what a multiplayer experience for Dr. Grordbort & # 39; s Invaders might eventually look like. In Grordbattle, players can choose between one of the four main characters of Grordbort's Invaders to wear as a virtual mask within the AR experience. Each avatar reflects the player's eye movements through Magic Leap's eye-tracking technology and speech recognition-based mouth movements.
"It's a surreal, transformative experience, and we're really looking forward to showing people because I think it's a kind of guidepost to something really exciting for the future of spatial computing," said Broadmore.
A demo of the prototype will be available exclusively at Unity booth # S227 from Wednesday to Friday between 10 and 13 pm Pacific time at GDC. Outside these times the participants can still play. Grordbort & # 39; s Invaders .
In addition to the prototype demo, Thomas Hall, a senior programmer for Weta Workshop, will reveal some insights into the development of multiplayer mode on Tuesday (at a later date).
Multi-user experiences are a rapidly evolving skill for the Magic Leap One. Last week, a company founded by current Magic Leap employees founded Spatiate, a painting app that connects multiple local and remote participants in a common AR room. And previously, Magic Leap released Avatar Chat, the company's AR video calling application, which now supports three-way calling.
Weta Workshop, however, is the first developer to hit the device in multiplayer games Gaming . Weta has already received a nomination for technical achievements in the field of immersive play (Tónandi loses another Magic Leap One app) and has suddenly raised the bar for the future of the AR game with Magic Leap.