Corporate takeovers and buyouts are usually pretty boring affairs, only interesting to shareholders and your Wolf of Wall Street types.
BUT, Pokemon Go users may find themselves getting really excite about the latest business deal done by its developer Niantic.
Seriously, bear with us.
What’s interesting about the whole things is hidden in some a statement from John Hawke, Niantic’s CEO.
He says the addition of the Escher Reality’s AR technology is ‘incredibly exciting to us at Niantic as it significantly accelerates our work on persistent, shared AR’, before adding that the dev is ‘committed to using technology to enhance our users’ interactions with the physical world’.
In essence he’s hinting that Pokemon Go are planning on taking their user vs user interactions to a whole new level, and what’s really interesting is the fact that Escher Reality’s software essentially allows developers to build AR games that work on both iPhones and Android devices, with the ability to connect multiple devices together so that their users see and interact with the same virtual objects at the same time.
Can you imagine getting that old-school Pokemon battle feel on the Gameboy except with your friends in real world locations?
Well, we did, and we got super hyped.
Another interesting thing is that Escher even figured out how to build persistent AR worlds. Breaking that down to the simplest meaning, users can interact and change objects, and then revisit those changes at a later time or leave them for others to discover.
Potentially jaw-dropping, right?
It comes hot off the news that Niantic have rolled out a fresh set of Ex-Raids across the platform (which are starting later this month).
Users will be given the chance to catch MewTwo (again), as ‘elite’/expert players are given invite-only passes to participate in the hunt for the legendary Pokemon.