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Universal has announced its latest Jurassic World tie-in product: a Pokémon Go-style AR app called Dinotracker. It allows players to interact with dinos from the recently released Dominion movie and pick up small facts on their real-life counterparts.
The premise of the app is very simple: Using their phone’s camera, players can “track” the marks of dinos in the world around them. When they find dinos – there are 10 prehistoric characters to find – they can feed them with their hands. Developed by Trigger XR, the game uses Niantic’s Lightship ARDK to recognize various surfaces and spaces, and maps a suitably sized dino to the user’s surrounding space.
GamesBeat spoke to Trigger XR CEO Jason Yim about the app. He notes that Lightship’s features are a way dinos allow dinos to interact with the environment. “Generally AR always appears as a top layer, which breaks credibility. Now, with object occlusion, you can see a dino from behind a tree or hide behind objects in the sky . It adds a tremendous amount to make the consumer feel like it really is.” Dinos can also track users with their heads, and will become aggressive if they get too close.
This isn’t the first time the Jurassic World tie-in app has tried to put dinos in the real world using AR technology – 2018’s Jurassic World Alive launched around the release of the film Fallen Kingdom. The game draws far more inspiration from Pokémon Go than from Dinotracker.
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