Inspiration

We are all gamers and were inspired to bring back the feels of a classic arcade game. Since we touched on VR before, we decided to add a twist by making this game an Augmented Reality application. Currently AR collaboration has not been widely used in consumer markets for games. The likes of Pokemon Go helped introduce AR concepts to the masses, but Aliens Return will encourage cross-platform shared AR experience in realtime. We also agreed on having a sci-fi theme and thought that an alien related theme would be best.

What it does

Our application enables you and another friend to enjoy a co-op experience in AR on any mobile platform of your choice.

How we built it

Our application was built using Blender, Unity, Vuforia, and Photon Networking.

Challenges we ran into

The biggest challenge we ran into was integrating the co-op/networking experience, as today's AR is focused a lot on solo experience, that there was not a lot of resources or documentation for network and shared AR experiences.

Unfortunately, we were unable to fully implement networking in our application.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We're proud that we were able to create an AR experience that is playable/compatible on several mobile platforms.

What we learned

We learned how to set up an AR experience using Unity and Vuforia as well as how to set up multiplayer networking through a dedicated server using Photon.

What's next for AliensReturnAR

A sequel embodying the entire scope of our game's world; all in VR.

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