Code name: Urban Legends looks like a much more involved social augmented reality game than Pokemon Go. “5G multiple access edge computing (MEC) can handle up to 10 times concurrent players compared to 4G,” says Niantic. “This is just the start of how we can more rapidly expand the world around us and have adventures, together.”At Niantic Urban Legends video demonstration, you can see a family simultaneously fighting monsters in a wide open space, dodging projectiles, and shooting augmented creatures with their phones. This is what Niantic calls “full-scale multiplayer on 5G”. The developer has partnered with Deutsche Telekom, Globe Telecom and Verizon to test the network and help realize the technology.
The game was built on the platform that powers Niantic’s other games, like Pokemon Go and Entrance, and will use the “ultra-low latency and high bandwidth capabilities” of 5G to its advantage. “As a team, players cast magical spells to detonate monsters and save mythical allies, including Doty, the original Niantic Explorer,” the blog read.
It’s unclear when players will be able to check out Codename: Urban Legends, but we’ll be sure to let you know when it’s available. However, Niantic said The edge that the game will be exclusive to its carrier partners when it is released.
Niantic CEO John Hanke recently teased an updated look at his augmented reality glasses design. To learn more about Niantic, see our article on First details revealed about new augmented reality game Pikmin, which debuted in Early Access in Singapore.
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