Here's how major video game names are enabling online-offline synergy by incorporating gamers' mobile phones and locations into the player experience

Since the release of the famed mobile app Pokemon Go, innovations in augmented reality across the gaming industry have occurred at a rapid pace. From location-specific activations to augmented gameplay, immersive mobile technology has created a deeply interactive and all-encompassing gaming experience for players worldwide.

In particular, contemporary video game publishers are leveraging mixed-reality and AR technologies to incorporate gamers’ physical environments and gestures, adding an additional layer of experiences on top by using mobile phones as a gateway:

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Developed by AR mobile game developer Niantic, responsible for the infamous Pokemon Go game, Harry Potter: Wizards United is an AR-enabled mobile game that immerses players in a wizarding role-playing game based around their real-world, geographical environments. The game includes various AR minigames that have gamers make gestures or hand movements to cast spells and opportunities to duel against other players.

Source: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite via Facebook

The Dial
The Dial is an AR-enabled detective game that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival that has players use their mobile devices to discover clues and play minigames across a range of sets. A key component of the game requires players to use their bodies and physical environment as they simultaneously use their phones to reveal auxiliary information, clues and digital overlays.

Source: Morpholio via Facebook

Morpholio
Creative design developer Morpholio launched an AR-enabled app that allows creators to “walk” around the images, blueprints and other visuals they make with the app. The AR SketchWalk app is intended to give developers and their team a realistic sense of scale and dimension. an augmented reality application that lets them walk around inside the images they create, like cruising through real-world blueprints.

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Since the release of the famed mobile app Pokemon Go, innovations in augmented reality across the gaming industry have occurred at a rapid pace. From location-specific activations to augmented gameplay, immersive mobile technology has created a deeply interactive and all-encompassing gaming experience for players worldwide.

In particular, contemporary video game publishers are leveraging mixed-reality and AR technologies to incorporate gamers’ physical environments and gestures, adding an additional layer of experiences on top by using mobile phones as a gateway: