The world of augmented reality (AR) got a real shot in the arm in July 2016 with the launch of Pokémon Go. Until then, AR hadn’t entered the psyche of the average mobile game player.
Two years later and a new player enters the AR game marketplace, but this time with a twist. Blending two emerging technologies, Clash & Go is a strategy game that is powered by blockchain technology.
Launched today by Elyland, Clash & Go is the latest mobile game attempting to grab a sizeable slice of the $57.9 billion mobile games market.
A base-building mobile game, Clash & Go allows gamers to manipulate the AR world, while RPG elements provide yet another layer of gameplay. In addition to the blockchain, AR, and RPG, Clash & GO focuses on social interaction, through group tasks, clans, and chats created to cater to the need for community.
So how does it work?
Clash & Go is a geolocation game that uses augmented reality to allow players to build cities and engage in real-time battles. AR provides objects that are overlaid on real-life locations and both units and buildings that can be upgraded. Combining a sci-fi setting with strategy, heroes with skills, RPG, and more, the game offers its players the ability to earn tokenized currency in the forms of CGO tokens.
Clash & Go will be available initially on mobile phones, but are there plans to bring this to AR glasses in the future?
“AR glasses are not widely spread and used, for the moment it’s still something exotic (not from uniqueness perspective, but from daily usage),” Elyland CEO Andriy Semenyuk told me. “We are focused now mainly on mobile devices. The idea behind is that mobile usage all over the world skyrocketing from year to year. Everything is moving to mobile and we believe that game development is not an exception here. Due to that fact, we have developed our own AR platform which enriches user experience and strengthens the connection with the real world.”
These tokens are given to the player for free, and allow the user to manipulate the AR game world using the tokens as a game balancing tool.
A real open world geolocation game with a game area as big as Earth itself, Clash & Go lets players’ heroes earn experience in rating battles against other players, and have an expanded set of skills and modules.
The developer of Clash & Go game Elyland company has more than ten years of experience in games development. A team of 100 people, it has successfully released six products to date, with a total audience of 77 million users worldwide.
So what’s next for Clash & Go?
“Actually, we are now working at Clash & GO add-on, but now it’s too early to disclose any details about it, but we will share with you some inside information. ” Semenyuk said. “Our developers are focused on the upcoming release of Selfie Go — an AR social network with gamification mechanics. This product will bring totally new user experience in geo AR social interaction and will be released in September 2018.”
Clash & Go is available today for both iOS and Android.