The Animal Crossing series is a big hit for Nintendo, so in an effort to make the user experience even better, the game is getting the augmented reality treatment.
The latest update to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp adds two new features for iOS and Android smartphone users.
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First, there’s an AR camera that brings characters and furnishings from the game to your personal space with ARKit on iOS and ARCore on Android. Once placed in your environment, you can take photos of the scene and share them with others.
Then the AR Cabin function applies the proven virtual portal effect. Once you’ve progressed far enough in the game to design a cabin and fill it with furniture and other belongings, AR Cabin allows you to place a digital door in your physical environment and then enter your virtual home away from home and explore it. In addition, you can bring up to eight game characters to the virtual space.
Both features can be found in the floating action button at the bottom right of the game’s home screen.
If anyone questioned Nintendo’s commitment to augmented reality gaming, they might not realize that the company is one of the entities behind Pokémon GO, the reigning champion in mobile AR gaming. Or they may have forgotten that Nintendo has been experimenting with AR since Nintendo 3DS. Along the same lines, there’s also the recent release of Mario Kart Live, which reinvents the classic racing series by bringing the action to your living room with a combination of the Nintendo Switch, a camera-equipped remote-controlled car kit and some augmented reality. magic.
Yes, AR is an afterthought for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (and, arguably, for Pokémon GO in its current form), but Nintendo may well be the company that makes AR gaming the main event.