Tag: Niantic

The DeanBeat: My favorite games of the decade

Here are my favorite games of the decade. They’re in chronological order. 2011 was not a good year. But 2013, 2016, and 2018 were fabulous. While this kind of column stirs a lot of debate, I enjoy the process of looking back and remembering what it was like to play these games for the first […]

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4 enterprise AR trends to watch in 2020

Augmented reality’s rocky road to consumer adoption hasn’t stopped the same technologies from being adopted by enterprises. Some of AR’s key hurdles — fashionability, broad usage scenarios, and affordability — aren’t preventing big, expensive, and narrow-purpose headsets from succeeding as business tools, on at least a limited scale. After a few years of slow growth, […]

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Pokémon Go’s Buddy Update brings a new way to play with your monsters

Niantic revealed today that the Buddy Adventure update for Pokémon Go is coming by 2020. It will give players new ways to interact with their favorite Pokémon partner. Pokémon Go has been a big hit since its 2016 debut, having earned over 1 billion downloads. Adding new features can keep its current players happy and […]

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You Might Soon Be Able To Play Pokemon GO On Augmented Reality Glasses

The concept of augmented reality gaming isn’t really all that new, but admittedly it took off in a huge way when Niantic launched Pokemon GO. We imagine that the popularity of the Pokemon franchise probably played a big role in helping the game achieve its success, but regardless, it did help take AR gaming to […]

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Niantic and Qualcomm will build AR glasses for world-scale games

Fresh off today’s announcement of the Snapdragon XR2 mobile platform, Qualcomm has revealed an impressively ambitious early partner for its latest mixed reality effort: AR software giant Niantic. The developer of multi-billion-dollar hit Pokémon Go and the popular Warner Bros. collaboration Harry Potter: Wizards Unite said today that it will collaborate with the chipmaker on AR glasses, software, […]

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Niantic sets up $10 million third-party developer fund and names first dev contest winner

Niantic has scored hundreds of millions of players and billions of dollars in revenue from games like Pokémon Go. And now it is using the learnings from those games to make its platform available to third party developers. And it is setting up a $10 million fund to invest in interesting location-based and augmented reality […]

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Niantic enables small businesses to sponsor events in location games

Niantic has had big corporations like McDonald’s and Starbucks sponsor locations for some time in its location-based games. Now the creator of Pokémon Go will enable small businesses to do the same thing. So don’t be surprised if you see your favorite local diner sponsor a location in one of Niantic’s titles, like staging a […]

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Pokémon Go will get new augmented reality features like shared AR and user-curated waypoints

Niantic has learned a lot about location-based gaming and augmented reality from the hundreds of millions of players in its games like Ingress, Pokémon Go, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. And now it is adding a bunch of AR and location-based features that benefit not only its games but small third-party game developers as well. […]

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You’re not Pokemon Go — don’t hammer AR into your mobile game

In 2018, mobile gaming accounted for over 74 percent of App Store revenue. With this gold rush comes a slew of new games, to the tune of over 500 per day. This can make it tough to stand out. Two of the biggest methods? Using famous intellectual property, and using augmented reality. Licensed to make […]

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Pokémon Go adds critters from Black and White’s Gen 5 roster

Pokémon from the franchise’s fifth generation will start showing up in Niantic‘s hit mobile game Pokémon Go today. Gen 5 encompasses Pokémon Black and White and the direct sequels Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2. Yes, it can all be a bit confusing if you’re not familiar with the franchise, but all of the […]

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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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