BOSTON: September 18th, 2017 – Award-winning Independent game studio HappyGiant today has reinvented its critically-acclaimed Augmented Reality game HoloGrid: Monster Battle as a free-to- play title for Apple’s upcoming iOS 11 and ARKit launch. Created in conjunction with two-time Academy Award winner Phil Tippett, HoloGrid: Monster Battle AR brings the monsters of Tippett to life for the first time in a game, and took inspiration from the Star Wars HoloChess scene Tippett created more than 40 years ago.
In addition to leveraging the motion-tracking and depth-sensing abilities of ARKit to bring monsters to life in your surroundings, HoloGrid: Monster Battle AR includes new spells, game arenas and monsters. Players can now unlock new monsters and spells by opening Treasure Chests that are given for free over time, or earned in matches. Players can also earn currency by winning battles to level up their monsters and spells to make them stronger.
Most notably, the game now features a ranked, arena-based competitive match-making system, allowing for league-style AI battles against other players’ teams. Better still, HoloGrid: Monster Battle AR can be played indoors, in a contained space, like a board game “come to life”, or outside, with giant monsters you can walk amongst like a life-sized chess board.
“The ARKit version of HoloGrid is a completely different type of gaming experience,” said Mike Levine, HappyGiant’s CEO and Founder. “You can now play the game like before, on a flat table top surface. But we also allow to play it in a huge, “Harry Potter” chess-style, which really takes the game to another dimension. Being able to walk into and around a life-size board game with giant animated monsters is something we think people will enjoy!”
New features of HoloGrid: Monster Battle AR include:
Previously available as a physical card/digital game for iOS and Android, and as a digital game for Tango-enabled phones, Gear VR and HoloLens, HoloGrid: Monster Battle is a tactical strategy game that combines elements of chess, board games, and collectible card games. HoloGrid: Monster Battle AR will soon be available as a free download in the App Store following the launch of iOS 11. For additional information, please visit www.hologridmonsterbattle.com.
Founded by veterans of LucasArts, ILM, Hasbro and Pileated Pictures, HappyGiant is an independent developer and publisher of video games and entertainment for PCs, mobile, tablets and emerging platforms. For more information, please visit www.HappyGiant.com.