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Since the explosive release of Pokémon Go four years ago, the augmented reality genre has seen mostly clones, such as Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Cerberus Interactive is hoping to shake up the formula with Atlas Empires, an AR mobile game that combines base-building and real-time strategy within an AR experience.
Like other AR games, Atlas Empires provides a virtual map of your surroundings. Instead of capturing pokémon or casting spells, however, you build outposts and battle enemies. By searching around the real world, you can collect treasures, and purchase more powerful troops.
“We are incredibly grateful to our initial wave of fans for their ongoing support and dedication to Atlas Empires,” said Sami Khan, CEO and co-founder, Cerberus Interactive. “Put simply, we could not have created such an amazing game without their feedback and help during development. We look forward to the global launch of the game so we can showcase this unique experience to all fans around the world.”
Atlas Empires has been in beta testing, and recently soft launched in select countries, including Australia and Canada. It’s due out in the US later this summer as free-to-download with in-app purchases. You can pre-register at the official website. It’s rated E10+.
Each year Niantic hosts a large gathering of Pokémon Go fans for a special event that runs for several days. Last year the Pokémon Go Fest took place in three different cities around the world, including Chicago, and drew hundreds of thousands of trainers.
With the COVID pandemic canceling all events and gatherings, we’re seeing a shakeup this year. Pokémon Go Fest 2020 is set for July 25 and 26, and will take place entirely online.
While we’ll miss the traditional congregation of Pokémon GO fans, we’re thrilled to bring a special Pokémon GO Fest experience to Trainers. Not only are you in for an exciting weekend of bonuses, Pokémon encounters, and Special Research, there will also be exciting ways to connect with other Trainers and experience other fun surprises throughout the entire summer.
Despite moving to a virtual format, the event will still require paid tickets to access. However, this year one ticket will grant access to both days of the two-day event.
More details on what will be featured during the event will be announced in the coming weeks.
In other Pokémon Go news, if you have a fancy phone, you can take advantage of new Reality Blending AR technology. With Reality Blending, Pokémon will properly hide behind objects such as trees and furniture. The feature is currently rolling out for random trainers with the following devices: Samsung Galaxy S9 and S10 and Google Pixel 3 and 4.
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