Pokemon Go Developer Niantic Announces Support for Developers to Build Apps for the AR Metaverse

Niantic Labs Open the opportunity for people who are interested in popular game development technology such as Pokemon Go and Pikmim Bloom to experience through AR applications and real-world metaverse in the virtual world Developers can start using the Niantic Lightship platform today. The company also announced a $20 million project fund to support developers at “Share our vision of the real-world metaverse and support the global ecosystem we are building.”

Developers can use Ninatic’s toolkit to create real-time 3D maps. This allows apps to understand the surface and topography of the world that surrounds the device, while other APIs help apps understand the differences in environments such as land, sky, water, and buildings. Developers can create apps that allow up to 5 participants for multiple sessions on the same AR, keeping all their content and interactions in sync seamlessly.

Most of the tools are free, but the Multi-User API is free for the first 6 months regardless of the number of users the app has. It has more than 50,000 monthly active users.

Several well-known brands have participated in the private beta of this development kit in the past. For example, Universal Pictures, PGA of America and Warner Music Group, as well as Coachella, are building an AR experience for festival attendees next year. Participants will be able to spot giant Coachella butterflies landing on the seven-story Spectra Rainbow Walkway.

Meanwhile, Shueisha is working with developers T&S to bring characters from One Piece and other manga. Coming to the real world with AR, the app will be available in 2022.

Niantic’s vision of the metaverse is very different from Facebook’s parent company Meta that focuses on the future of virtual reality. In a blog post in August, CEO John Hanke said: “Real World Metaverse” is about connecting the physical and digital worlds. Rather than just having a virtual reality experience, his company has been working on AR glasses with Qualcomm for the past few years.

source: engadget

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