Traveller AR finally moves the MMO experience to the smartphone to take gamers outside the home into the real world
Austin, TX (PRWEB) March 11, 2011
IngZ, Inc., an Austin-based mobile software development company, announced today at SXSW ScreenBurn 2011 it is developing Traveller AR: http://www.Traveller-AR.com, a massively multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing game (RPG) for the iPhone. The location-aware space fantasy game, available this summer, uses AR Augmented Reality to create an immersive experience with the real world – instead of a computer or TV screen – as the backdrop for the gaming universe.
Until now, MMORPGs have been limited to the PC. With Traveller AR, ingZ is pioneering the next wave of MMORPGs that will use the smartphone to get gamers out of their basements and encourage them to explore the world around them. Moving beyond the limitations of a computer monitor will allow mobile gamers to take augmented reality on the road and explore the vast Traveller universe that is being “painted” with the entire sky as the palette.
Traveller AR is based on the award-winning pen-and-paper science-fiction role-playing game first developed in 1976. Since its inception, millions of game books have been sold and the rabid following has led to seven Traveller novels. With the exclusive mobile license from Far Future Enterprises – the holder of the Traveller IP – ingZ is creating the explorable “known space” of the Traveller AR game based on 35 years of development. The game database contains more than 40,000 fully explorable star systems and 350,000 fixed space objects such as stars, planets and bases, creating one of the largest game spaces ever built on any platform.
Users’ home cities will represent their own planets, where they can engage in battles, alliances, commerce and other activities. By physically traveling to other cities or using special transport powers they earn playing the game, they can explore new planets and star systems to create infinite opportunities for adventure.
“For too long, gamers wanting to experience the world of MMORPGs have been relegated to the PC, limiting them to only virtual exploration,” said ingZ CEO Tony Howlett. “Traveller AR finally moves the MMO experience to the smartphone to take gamers outside the home into the real world.” Howlett continued, “Unlike other smartphone games, Traveller AR has incredible depth for RPG fans, and the unique augmented reality experience adds to the feeling of engaged and interactive role-play.”
Traveller AR Benefits:
- Become instantly immersed in the beautiful and deadly augmented reality of deep space.
- Explore a galaxy’s worth of depth achieving new ranks, trophies, and levels for you and your ship.
- Engage in exciting PvP or PvE battles or simply explore and trade for infinite replay-ability.
Traveller AR Key Features:
- Portal-View Technology™ lets you Augment the Reality around you, just as if you were looking out the portal of a real space-ship.
- HexMode™ lets you zoom out and engage in tactical combat, trading, and exploration, just like the Original Traveller Pen and Paper RPG.
- The Nav-Wheel™ interface lets you play tactically and intuitively without getting in the way of the action.
Traveler AR will be available on the iPhone in summer of 2011. Other smartphones, OS versions, and platforms will follow.
IngZ, Inc. is a mobile software development company that was founded to help smartphone users share knowledge and experiences with each other. Based in Austin, Texas, ingZ makes some of the world’s deepest and most engrossing smartphone applications. Other ingZ apps include touringZ and Tour Guide Tool. For more information please visit http://www.ingz-inc.com.
Contact for ingZ, Inc:
SXSW ScreenBurn booth #415
About Far Future Enterprises:
Far Future Enterprises is a game design company established to create, publish, and license the Traveller science-fiction role-playing game. Based in Bloomington, Illinois, Far Future Enterprises features the works of Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame designer Marc Miller.
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