Working on the newest WrldCraft feature: falling in a hole and exploring (or dig) underground pits. No more words needed, just watch the video. I think this is the first AR game ever doing this, am I wrong?
This feature is under heavy internal testing will be available to everyone on this September.
Last weekend WrldCraft achieved an important milestone: one million blocks placed around the Earth in just a couple of weeks! This is just the first step of the WrldCraft mission: cover the world with blocks. This map shows the places on the Earth where players built their constructions.
Some other numbers: There are actually nearly 7000 places around the world where you can find what other users built, a bit more than 28000 gold blocks were digged and 6500 quests completed. Nearly 78% of these blocks were placed by iPhone and iPad owners.
WrldCraft is the first, huge, massively multiplayer, full scale augmented reality AR, geolocated, persistent, blocks based, cloud based, sandbox and exploration game with RPG elements taken from the glorious 8bit tradition where you can dig and mine gold and artifacts in the real world and cover the entire Earth with blocks.
Get ready your pickaxe, put comfortable shoes and sharpen your sword because the adventure starts with a global massive gold rush! Ready to mine gold in AR like a idle miner?
For the launch gold and golden veins are being spread all around the Earth and the players have to dig to find it. Like the real gold it is in the same point for everyone and once dug it is gone forever, so be fast! Pre-registered players and first week players will have more chances to find gold or relics on the map.
Players can download for free it from the App Store for iPhone and iPad and Google Play for ARCore supported Android devices.
Here some examples of what the player can do with WrldCraft: * Build persistent geolocated structures, for ever. * Cover the entire Earth with blocks and structures, connected each other. * Continue at home what you started outdoor, others will see in realtime the changes. * Quests * Fight monsters * Build outside public construction or make your private world on your table shared with friends only. * Multiplayer or single player fun. * Dig in the terrain to find gold, manufacts or relics * Share your creations with friends * For the launch date… gold rush!
WrldCraft development took nine months and it is built on the top of the latest AR technologies such as ARCore and ARKit with cross device persistent and shared augmentented reality experiences so, for example, the player can build full scale structures in a place side by side with friends and other players can visit and extend it later.
About Running Pixel Running Pixel is an Italy based one man army indie development studio backed up by Alfio Lo Castro, a game developer and game designer with years of experience and an insane passion for mixed and augmented reality, voxels, RPGs and game development.
From the build 0.920 WRLDCRAFT supports bows, arrows and target. This is a nice addition to the game and will let the player familiarize with archery. This release supports single player (the target block will be spawned into the real world and is persistent for other users as usul) but you can’t see othe player throwing arrows. Don’t worry, soon this will be extended to multiplayer and you will be enabled to challenge your friends.
BTW, in the meantime improve your skills and have fun with archery!
WRLDCRAFT has a story, a long story.
Everything starts in the Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) age, God bless you XBLIG, platform and market where in 2012 I made a quite successful Minecraft Like sanbox game called Miner4Ever. XBLIG market does not exist anymore but loved that game and I learned a lot about voxel engines, shading techniques and multiplayer.
It was not enough, I wanted to port it in the real world and IRL. After some attempts with marker based AR (I lost the videos of that) the true plot twist was in 2017 when I put my hands on a mobile device with Google Tango in, that is a precursor of current ARKit and ARCore and this is what I did in early 2017 (a tech show-off video, not a real game).
So digging and building in real world with persistence using Augmented Reality was totally doable. Unfortunately there were not many Tango enabled phones around, so I put the project in standby waiting for a diffuse technology letting me do a real game with all the features I dreamt.
Today ARKit and ARCore are mature enough to do what I have in mind. Persitence, cross platform, world anchored buildings, cooperative building, multiplayer experience and much more.
Two months ago I leaved my daily job as Technical Leader, resumed my old dream, worked hard, and this is how WRLDCRAFT project is born!
It is raining a lot here in Turin, we can’t go out building stuffs around the city so we focused on the remote editor development.
The remote editor lets you edit from home the building you started in a place you own or lets you help your friends in building something great and lets you see what your friends are building on your piece of world while you’re at home. It’s a perfect tool to work to your creations alone or with friends if you can’t go out.
WRLDCRAFT is a massive multiplayer world scale augmented reality sandbox and exploration game for iOS and Android. Fully voxel based lets the player turning the entire world in a multiplayer and persistent sandbox blended with reality. The players can claim zones, start building and getting other player and friends contribute to their buildings. Player can simply edit his own piece of world or get other zones, trade the chunks of terrain with other players, help other in building things that all the other player would like to visit, build, dig for gold and gems, chase for treasures, explore “virtual” caves, leave messages to the world, remake monuments and piece of arts and so on, the only limit is the player immagination.
“WRLDCRAFT goal is turning the world in a democratic, community driven and open sandbox world where everyone can express itself. In a few words: ‘reshape the world’. WRLDCRAFT wants make it persistent and anchored to the reality. Imagine going to Piazza di Spagna in Rome or Central Park in New York and see what people is building in that place. It is like another, alternative, reality.” (Alfio Lo Castro – RunningPixel)
WRLDCRAFT will be available for all the ARKit and ARCore enabled devices.
WRLDCRAFT will go soon in a closed beta stage. If you want to be one of the first trying it please fill this form.