HappyGiant’s Michael Levine Talks AR/VR for Board Games at AWE 2017
AUGMENTED WORLD EXPO – SANTA CLARA, CA: June 1, 2017 – Award-winning Independent game studio HappyGiant today announced that it has launched its critical- acclaimed HoloGrid: Monster Battle on Google’s Tango AR platform. A tactical strategy multiplayer game that combines elements of board games, collectible card games and digital games, HoloGrid: Monster Battle initially launched as a physical goods AR game on iOS and Android. The new digital-only Tango AR version is available for download now at the Google Play store for $4.99 USD.
HappyGiant CEO Michael Levine will be discussing HoloGrid and how AR and VR technologies can be used to reinvent tabletop games during this week’s Augmented World Expo (AWE) at the Santa Clara Convention Center. His session “Augmented Reality and the Future of Board and Card Games” is scheduled for Friday, June 2 nd at 9:45 AM. HoloGrid: Monster Battle has also been named as a finalist for Best AR Toy/Game at the show.
Leveraging the Tango platform’s three core technologies – Motion Tracking, Area Learning, and Depth Perception, the Tango version of HoloGrid: Monster Battle “reads’ the distance to objects in your surroundings and places the game board and characters into your world while negating the need for physical cards. The game works on Tango-enabled devices such as the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro or the new ASUS Zenfone AR.
Inspired in part by the Star Wars HoloChess scene, and created in conjunction with visual effects house Tippett Studio, HoloGrid: Monster Battle brings the monsters of Tippett to life for the first time in a game. The gameplay is similar to that of games like HearthStone or Magic: The Gathering. Players can play head-to-head, either locally or remotely.
The new Tango AR version of HoloGrid: Monster Battle is available at the Google Play Store for $4.99 USD. The Gear VR version of HoloGrid: Monster Battle is available on the Gear VR site for a limited time sale price of $2.99 USD. The mobile AR version is available on both Amazon and the HappyGiant website for $24.99 USD.
For additional information, please visit www.hologridmonsterbattle.com .
Founded by veterans of LucasArts, ILM, Hasbro and Pileated Pictures, HappyGiant is an independent developer and publisher of video games and entertainment for PCs, mobile, tablets and emerging platforms. For more information, please visit www.HappyGiant.com .
Screenshots and additional press information are available here. Qualified press may request a copy of the game for review and/or play-through videos. Michael Levine of HappyGiant is available for interviews via phone or Skype.
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