CEO of Niantic, John Henke shares the future of AR gaming on mobile. He predicts that the future will revolve around a so-called “AR Cloud”.
During a session in GamesBeat Summit 2018, CEO John Henke shared to the audience what he thinks would be the future of AR gaming on mobile. But the general topic was focused how science fiction inspires today’s communications and entertainment creators.
Hanke who is known for his popular game released back in 2016, Pokemon GO, is also the creator of the technology that was later known as Google Earth. His innovation in creating new kind of location-based games is what makes him seen as one of the most influential people in the industry.
Hanke himself feels that what he is doing right now is not enough. He looks forward to bringing AR and science fiction to video games in the future.
He emphasized on AR Cloud to be the future. The involvement of integrated digital information with our physical environment has been growing in the past few years.
Pokemon GO is one example. Another example would be Snapchat’s meme-worthy dancing hot dog filter. Imagine AR Cloud to be something like that, but more massive!
Hanke also asked the audience to imagine being in a coffee shop and being joined by AR quest-giver. These virtual characters can be seen by all, but they might give different quests to different people.
Lastly, Hanke stated that everything right now feels natural. A game is a right place to start the hegemony of AR. He feels that gamers are tolerant of glitches and imperfections. This makes new technologies more discoverable and can make the best game possible.
In our previous article, we predicted that AR will go mainstream in 2018. As of right now, games that are similar to Pokemon GO is currently in development. Some of the examples are Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and also Jurassic World: Alive.
The year 2018 will mark a new standard for application technology. Some tech industry's enthusiasts predicted that AR technology will go mainstream in 2018.
What do you think of the future of AR gaming on mobile? Do you think it will only be a myth? Or do you think the AR cloud could actually happen?