Niantic and WB Games will present how the immersive AR experience in Wizards Unite was made at AT&T SHAPE 2019, on June 22-23, 2019 at Warner Bros. in Los Angeles, CA. Speakers include Jonathan Knight (Vice President and Studio Head, WB Games), Mary Casey (BAFTA-nominated Game Producer, Executive Director of Product, WB Games), Archit Bhargava (Director of Worldwide Product Marketing, Niantic) and Alex Moffit (Product Manager, Niantic).
The speakers line-up is absolutely stellar, but we do not expect a lot of new information coming out of this event. SHAPE is a technology and entertainment expo, focused on business opportunities and technology advancements, rather than release dates and game play mechanics.
SHAPE 2019 has three main aspects that attract visitors:
- Speakers – from industry leaders to tech disruptors, SHAPE is home to all visionary things
- Exhibits – unlike many other conferences, SHAPE offers the unique opportunity to experience the technology
- Tour – hosted at the Warner Bros Studios, SHAPE gives attendees a chance to explore a living and breathing Hollywood set
A big part of the session will be focused on improvements in AR technology that are built into Wizards Unite. We’ve already reported a couple of times about Niantic’s insane Codename: Neon demo that debuted at MWC 19, but it bears repeating. Niantic is pushing the envelope in AR with Wizards Unite, although the majority of improvements are tied in with 5G networks and flagship phones.
From plane detection to ambient occlusion and real time body tracking, Niantic is on the bleeding edge of AR technology. Remember, they bought Escher Reality back in 2017 and we haven’t heard a word since.
We’ll keep you updated about the event.
More about Shape
Co-developed and published by Niantic and WB Games San Francisco, under the Portkey Games label, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite invites players to view the real world through a Wizarding World lens, via your smartphone. Innovation in Augmented Reality (AR) allows game players to view and interact with the same AR at the same time and take actions within this AR that impact each other’s game play. So, brush up on your spells, get your wand ready, and learn how this new, immersive AR gaming experience was created.