A HIGH-TECH new augmented reality game lets players fix up the city of Bristol alongside Wallace and Gromit.
Launching today, players of “The Big Fix Up” take on the role of a new employee at the British duo’s latest business venture, Spick & Spanners.
A new Wallace and Gromit game has dropped on the Apple App StoreCredit: aardman animations
They’re tasked with repairing Bristol while taking part in Wallace and Gromit’s first adventure in a decade, creator Aardman Animations said.
It also marks the first time Wallace and Gromit have been rendered in augmented reality (AR), a technology that beams virtual characters and environments onto the world around you.
“We wanted to take storytelling into a new space, and create something that was truly immersive – but also accessible to lots of people,” Aardman Creative Director Finbar Hawkins told The Sun.
“We were excited about taking Wallace and Gromit – characters that have been around for over 30 years, into AR for the first time ever.”
It marks the first time Wallace and Gromit have been rendered in augmented realityCredit: aardman animations
The game is playable on iPhone, and is free to download on the Apple App Store in the UK, US and Canada.
Players use their phones to interact with the story in a variety of ways, including AR “holograms” where Wallace visits your home.
Gamers also complete “urgent jobs” in AR, which are handed out in real-time as content is delivered to your phone over roughly four weeks.
The Big Fix Up was built with help from Fictioneers, a UK company that specialises in AR technology.
Players take on the role of a new employee at the British duo’s latest business venture, Spick & SpannersCredit: aardman animations
Viewed through a smartphone or headset, AR adds computer-generated elements to the world around you.
It was most famously used in Pokémon Go but a number of other games have incorporated the technology since.
For the Big Fix Up, Fictioneers used special 3D mapping technology to create an AR environment that brings Bristol city centre to your home.
“Fans will be able to scale up and scale down the experience in order to fit the space they’re in,” Hawkins told The Sun.
Virtual Reality v.s. Augmented Reality – what’s the difference?
Here’s what you need to know
- Virtual reality involves using a headset to simulate a virtual world
- In a VR world, everything you see will be computer-generated
- Popular VR headsets include the HTC Vive and Facebook’s Oculus Rift
- Augmented reality lets you see the real world, but “augments” (or adds on) computer-generated elements
- This means you’ll be able to see computer images overlaid onto your real-world view
- For instance, you could wear glasses that overlay directions onto the road in front of you
- Popular AR headsets include Microsoft’s HoloLens and the Google Glass spectacles
“We appreciate a lot of people are stuck at-home at the moment, and the app has been designed with that in mind.
“However, users can also experience the AR in their garden, or local park.”
The Big Fix Up works on all iPhone models released since 2014’s iPhone 6.
While it can run on iPad, the experience has been designed for mobile, Hawkins said.
It’s also available for Android devices on the Google Play app store.
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