Niantec’s Campfire Companion app will allow Pokémon Go players to chat and arrange encounters
Niantic, the developer of Pokémon Go, has announced the Campfire social app that will allow players of the aforementioned augmented reality mobile game to chat and arrange meetups, helping players discover new people, places, and experiences. . Although the app is not yet available for Pokémon Go players, it is set to ease their reliance on other social media apps for communications. Niantic also announced the Lightship Visual Positioning System (VPS) that will allow developers to “build real AR experiences.”
According to the announcement, made at Niantic’s first-ever Lightship Summit conference for AR developers, Campfire is a “real-world metaverse” app that will connect the developer’s games and help Pokémon Go players discover new people. , places and experiences. “We want to help developers not only create amazing experiences, but also find an audience for them and help them build real businesses,” Niantic says. The app starts with a map and adds people, events, communities, and messages to the game.
The basic concept of the application is to allow Pokémon Go players to discover other players in their region, to send messages to each other, to share content, to organize their own events and meetings. These players use other social media platforms such as Discord for communication. Niantic says the Campfire app is live in Ingress, the company’s first AR game, and will soon be available across all other Niantic games.
Another major thing announced by the developer is the Lightship visual positioning system and the Niantic AR map. With this system, developers can determine the position and orientation of their users, and “anchor AR content with centimeter precision for immersive real-world AR on a global scale.” Additionally, developers can also add locations to Niantic’s AR world map, created using scans (short video clips) of actual locations collected from surveyors and gamers. The developer claims that over 30,000 VPS-enabled public locations, including San Francisco, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle, are available.