Niantic has announced NBA All World, a location-based game with AR elements; here are all the interesting details.
After its success in Pokemon Go, Niantic is dipping its toes into sports with a game that lets players fill up their map with basketball-related things.
Explaining how the game would work, Marcus Matthews, the company’s senior producer, said:
“We’re enveloping the world around you into a basketball universe, or what I personally like to call turning the real world into a basketball theme park.
“Now, places and objects in the real world will become video game items; the convenience store near you has become a location to pick up stamina for your NBA player, the sporting goods store around the corner is the place to pick up the latest brand name shoe to customize your players.”
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In essence, it will be like Pokemon Go, but with basketball themes. It will also have a swipe-based one-on-one game feature to set players up against one another. Additionally, players can collect real-world NBA stars by beating them when they meet on the map.
Another cool aspect will be the storytelling feature, where there will be story elements tied to the hometown of basketball stars.
The NBA All World game will be available to both iOS and Android users and will be released to coincide with the next NBA season, which starts on October 18, 2022.
Also, the game restricts players to their own location. “Location matters. So what you won’t be able to do is to sit at home and play remotely against your friend that’s in another city,” Matthews adds.
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