Kiwi developers promise the next big AR game, will it steal the crown from Pokemon Go?
A team of New Zealand and Russian indie developers, Ambidexter, have chosen New Zealand and Australia to launch their ambitious mobile augmented reality RPG, UnderVerse.
UnderVerse is the first mobile game in the world that combines staple RPG elements with augmented reality, GPS and a massively multiplayer mode.
Real world locations become the backdrop for this story-driven fantasy world and using augmented reality through your smartphone, real time battles can take place anywhere from Auckland's Sky Tower to the Sydney Opera House.
Richard Williamson, Ambidexter team member says, “Players familiar with the mechanics of Pokemon Go will quickly understand how UnderVerse works.
“On top of AR and GPS functionality, there’s a depth to the gameplay that will appeal directly to traditional RPG fans.”
“It’s cool to see your local neighbourhood end up as the battleground for a demon fight.”
In the game, players have to unite to repel a titan incursion, which has targeted the largest cities on Earth.
Six playable characters of certain races are available to choose from, each representing a traditional RPG class such as warrior, spell-caster, or rogue.
With every level up you can upgrade your characters attributes like strength, intellect and agility.
UnderVerse is available now on the New Zealand AppStore.
The game is constantly being improved and developers are planning to implement new technical and content improvements every two to three weeks.
Williamson continues, “We’ve been friends with Ambidexter’s founder Michael Chapiro for over 15 years, and as he was developing the game we got more and more involved and twisted his arm for New Zealand to be the launch site.”
New Zealand has the advantage of being English-speaking, with a relatively small population but with a high percentage of smartphone use.
While other mobile games have used our region for beta-tests before, a GPS location-based game requires a higher standard of testing and the team hope that Kiwis will help them put the game through its paces.
An Android version is also in development and will launch at a later date.
Key features of UnderVerse:
- A hybrid game of the top popular genres: RPG, strategy, action, as well as an AR and GPS-mode.
- PVP and PVE fights in Augmented Reality.
- Turn-based combat system.
- Full GPS navigation with events and points in the game located on a route and GPS map, along with fantasy elements.
- Its own unique solution for the non-markup construction of augmented reality.
- Completely implemented classic RPG mechanics, transferred to mobile platforms.
- MMORPG with several ways for a character development.
You can watch the trailer here: