While mobile gaming, launched in the 10 years since the App Store, has matured to console-level quality, premium augmented reality games built with ARKit (or ARCore) have been scarce.
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The Ancients AR is a real-time strategy game that unfurls a virtual ocean onto your tabletop where you command a fleet of ships to engage in naval warfare. The game draws inspiration from the work of Jakub Rózalski, maker of the Scythe board game. The Ancients AR Puts Mystical Sea Battles in Augmented Reality ” width=”480″ height=”480″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
We first caught wind of the game last summer. It was in the midst of the hype wave created by the ARKit beta release, when developers were eager to show off what they could do. (In fact, Immersion itself is responsible for some demos, including a pair of AR experiences in tribute to Rick and Morty characters.
"The Ancients AR was originally released as a VR game when development started in 2016 – but once we realized that cutting-edge augmented reality is finally coming to iOS, we decided to focus on harnessing the power of ARKit and delivering the most visually arresting augmented reality game iOS users have ever seen "said Baczynski.
In concept, the game takes place in a real-time strategy format and a 3D landscape projected onto a tabletop.
In The Ancients AR, the Landscape is more two dimensional, but immersion makes for that with massive monsters that emerge from the ocean's depths. Substituting for helicopters are dragons, who immolate the fleets of ships in grand Targaryen fashion. There's a magical element to the gameplay as well as the advantage of the AR presentation; for example, summoned storm clouds float over the virtual enemies.
The Ancients AR much ARKit 2.0 is arriving, Immersion can.