New AR mobile game Reality Clash integrates geo-location as players defend ‘their own real-world town’

New augmented reality combat mobile game, Reality Clash, has launched in Australia, New Zealand, and Denmark.

Self-described as "Pokémon Go meets Call of Duty", the mobile combat game has now launched on iOS and Android. Dissemination across further territories will follow "as part of a phased global rollout, and more game features will be "added on a monthly basis".

The game integrates geo-location technology and uses the latest AR Kit and AR Core technology from Apple and Google in a game about an underground world of cryptocurrencies and hackers. Players engage in "real-time battles in unique virtual environments" as they navigate "a 3D map to defend key parts of their own real-world town, city or village, mine for resources, build or customise unique guns and defeat their friends in this ‘first of a kind’ AR mobile shooter".

"After months of development, our pioneering new game is literally a Reality," said Reality Gaming Group’s co-founder, Tony Pearce. "We’ve had thousands of Beta testers providing us with feedback and we’re delighted that we have a game in Reality Clash that is as fun and engaging as it is technically advanced.

"Australia, New Zealand and Denmark are the first territories to see the game go live, and we’ll be rolling out Reality Clash internationally shortly. Let the battles commence!"

In other AR news, Pokémon Go developer Niantic recently teamed up with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to enhance global tourism and develop "innovative tourism experiences through real-world games".

Described as "the leaders in mobile augmented reality (AR) experiences", Niantic has been tasked with curating "unique campaigns to foster exploration and build awareness of destinations around the world". Niantic and UNWTO plan to collaborate and create tourism and AR technology for players to engage with real-world locations using the familiar interface of Niantic’s mobile games so that players can learn more about the UNWTO, its campaigns, and explore new places via their smart devices. It also hopes to "promote good practices to play games safely and responsibly".

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It took 15 years of civil service monotony for Vikki to crack and switch to writing about games. She has since become an experienced reporter and critic working with a number of specialist and mainstream outlets in both the UK and beyond, including Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, IGN, MTV, and Variety.

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