Tag: Niantic

Niantic unveils Hexathlon global event for Ingress AR game

Niantic has revealed the details of a real-world global gameplay experience for its pioneering augmented reality game, Ingress, with NIA Field Tests. The NIA Field Test event is a new type of competitive individual global event debuting on Saturday, September 14 in 45 cities around the world including Santa Clara (in the U.S.), Curitiba (Brazil), […]

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Quasi-AR baby steps are preparing us for true AR’s digital future

Though I only occasionally write about augmented reality, I sift through plenty of “news” these days that is kinda-sorta AR, but not really. For example, if you believe that a TV show is using “augmented reality” to superimpose weather graphics on the screen next to a live meteorologist, AR has been commercially available for decades. Video […]

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Knights, tanks, and wizards: AR’s top 5 games

When VR headsets hit the high street in 2016, it seemed like a watershed moment for the gaming industry. But as it turned out, 2016 was a monumental year for gaming in alternate realities — primarily because Pokémon Go launched that summer. Suddenly, augmented reality found its way into the limelight. If you’re a follower […]

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‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Wants To Be The Next ‘Pokemon Go’ But Struggles To Find The Juice

Niantic The best way to describe Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is ultimately as an attempt to force lightning to strike the same place twice. That’s because lightning can do exactly that — the old adage is kind of ridiculous when you consider the concept of extremely tall buildings and the existence of lightning rods. But […]

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After a Few Days of ‘Wizards Unite’ We’re Ready to Quit the Ministry of Magic

We’ve got a long one today (partially to make up for Monday’s short episode? Who could say!) Danielle starts us off with her impressions of The Sinking City, Frogwares’ new detective game set in a Lovecraftian flooded town. She and Austin discuss the game’s racial politics and how the developers shift the lens through which […]

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite guide — Everything you need to know

It’s finally here. Last week saw the launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and, ever since, I’ve been obsessed. Those who have played Pokémon Go will find themselves on familiar ground. Both games were developed by Niantic and follow a very similar gameplay. However, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite brings additional layers of complexity, making it […]

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Sensor Tower — Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is no Pokémon Go-sized smash hit

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite made about $1.1 million and got around 3 million installs during its first four days of availability, according to market analyst Sensor Tower. Niantic‘s previous game, Pokémon Go, made over $28 million in its first four days back in 2016. Wizards Unite, which is also a free-to-play location-based augmented reality game, […]

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Sensor Tower — Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’s first day is slower than Pokémon Go’s debut

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite launched yesterday for iOS and Android in the U.S. and UK, and Niantic‘s new game conjured about 400,000 installs and $300,000 in revenue, according to data from market analyst Sensor Tower. That’s a strong start, but the firm says this is well behind the explosive debut of Niantic’s 2016 smash hit […]

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite hands-on — Stepping up from Pokémon Go

Since July 2016, I have walked 438 miles playing Pokémon Go, reaching level 30 in the location-based mobile game. I’m not sure how much more walking I’ll be doing with the game, as I’ve downloaded its successor now. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a very ambitious augmented reality mobile game from Warner Bros.’ Portkey Games and […]

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is out early on iOS and Android

Although Niantic said that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite would be coming out on June 21, U.S. and U.K. Potter fans can download the new game today. Wizards Unite is a location-based augmented reality game, similar to Niantic’s previous titles: Pokémon Go and Ingres. Pokémon Go, which came out in July 2016, became a phenomenon. It […]

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Cheat Maker Goes Dark After Getting Sued by ‘Pokémon GO’

Pokémon GO creator Niantic is suing rogue developers for allegedly selling a tweaked version of the popular augmented reality mobile game, where players capture Pokémon they find in the real world. As first reported by Business Insider, Niantic filed the lawsuit last Friday in California seeking a preliminary injunction against Global++, a group it describes […]

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Niantic’s view of the future of augmented reality

Ross Finman grew up on a llama farm. He studied robotics, started an augmented reality firm called Escher Reality, and sold it to Pokémon Go creator Niantic last year. That’s how he came to be head of AR at the biggest company in augmented reality today and how he came to speak at our GamesBeat […]

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