Having launched their first magnified reality title for Angry Birds on Magic Leap One, Rovio has doubled back to the platform that made its franchise famous.
That's right, the puzzle game comes back to iPhones and iPads in Angry Birds: Isle of Pigs, which utilizes ARKit's surface detection ability to bring the feuding birds and pigs into the real world.
On Tuesday, Rovio and its development partner, Resolution Games, announced the new game at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The app is available for pre-ordering now in the App Store, with the game and its 40 levels of gameplay coming up in the spring of 2019. According to a Rovio spokesman, the game is free to play, with additional details on purchasing in the app
" giving life to the beloved physics-based gameplay of Angry Birds through increased reality, "said Kati Levoranta, CEO of Rovio Entertainment, in a statement. "It is a particularly current moment to bring our avid friends to mobile AR for the first time, because this year marks the 10th anniversary since the first Angry Birds game was released."
Like the classic version of the game, players play the annoying spring ammunition with different forces at the forts built and occupied by the titular pigs. But as with the Magic Leap game, players can walk around the virtual lanes to find hidden targets and fire away. Apple's ARKit lacks Magic Split's space capability, so players shouldn't expect pigs to roll off tables or projectiles to bounce off walls.
"This game evokes the essence of what AR games really do AR," says Tommy Palm, CEO of Resolution Games. "With their engaging characters, classic Angry Birds uses slingshot games and ability to move around the structures, it utilizes the unique elements of the ARKit and shows what AR games can do, which is quite amazing when you see that it comes to life. " It's a bit of a curious pivot as well. The announcement of the Magic Leap game, Resolution Games seemed to be decisive when it comes to skipping AR headphones.
"We have always been focused on to renew and drive the adoption of new technologies and platforms, and we believe that the future of AR is head-mounted units, so Magic Leap was a logical platform for us to develop for, "said Martin Vilcans, CTO of Resolution Games, ttade Next Reality, in a statement to the Next Reality Magic Leap app games. "It's exciting to see what is being opened to developers and how it can change how people view games."
Considering that Resolution Games is one of Magic Leap's select contribution benefits from the Independent Creators Program, the pivot does not. I do not signal a reverse strategy as much as a way to capitalize on where the money is now. The mobile app market has matured since the original Angry Birds launched, so Rovio and Resolution can make money with the technology now, while watching the future of AR games lead next.