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Apple unveils new APIs in RealityKit 2, allowing developers to create more complex Augmented Reality experiences

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June 7, 2021 – Apple has today unveiled new tools and technologies designed to help developers create more engaging app experiences and make it easier to build apps: with its new Xcode Cloud; improvements to the App Store; updates to its Swift programming language; New APIs and tools in iOS, iPadOS, and macOS for game developers; and finally, new APIs in RealityKit 2 – Apple’s rendering, animation, audio, and physics engine built from the ground up for augmented reality (AR).

Apple’s ARKit augmented reality framework powers over 1 billion AR-enabled devices and allows developers to create AR experiences in conjunction with RealityKit. With today’s announcement, the company stated that RealityKit 2 introduces Object Capture, an API on macOS Monterey that enables developers to create high-quality, photo-realistic 3D models of real-world objects in minutes by taking photos shot on iPhone, iPad, or DSLR and transforming them into 3D models optimized for AR.

These models can be viewed in AR Quick Look or added to AR scenes in Reality Composer or Xcode, making it easier to build AR apps, according to the company. Apple stated that developers are using Object Capture to unlock entirely new ways of creating 3D content within some of the leading 3D content creation apps, such as Cinema4D and Unity MARS.

Apple added that with new APIs in RealityKit 2, developers can also create more realistic and complex AR experiences with greater visual, audio, and animation control, including custom render passes and dynamic shaders.

Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations, commented: “This is a massive step forward for 3D content creation. What used to be the most difficult and expensive part of building AR experiences and 3D scenes, is now available to all developers in macOS Monterey.”

In addition to Apple’s newly announced APIs for augmented reality creation, the company’s Xcode Cloud brings together the multiple tasks and tools required to build, test, and deliver apps using cloud services. With In-App Events and Custom Product Pages, the App Store now provides new ways for developers to promote their apps and connect with users. Finally, the company has added concurrency support to its Swift programming language. 

“We’re thrilled to provide our developer community with powerful new tools and technologies to help create even more compelling and higher-quality apps, while engaging with their users in all new ways through the App Store,” added Prescott. “With the robust set of tools included in Xcode Cloud, continuing innovation in the Swift programming language, a wide range of new APIs, and even more ways to reach users — Apple’s platforms have never been stronger.”

For a full breakdown of today’s announcements, visit the Apple newsroom release.

Video credit: Apple

About the author

Sam Sprigg

Sam is the Founder and Managing Editor of Auganix. With a background in research and report writing, he covers news articles on both the AR and VR industries. He also has an interest in human augmentation technology as a whole, and does not just limit his learning specifically to the visual experience side of things.

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The VR Drop: Making the Cut

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It’s been a videogame packed week thanks to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2021, serving up plenty of new games and updates for the coming year and into 2022. When it comes to new content arriving in the next week here’s a tasty selection of five titles worth looking out for.

SURV1V3

SURV1V3 – Candymakers

Zombie shooter SURV1V3 has been available via Steam Early Access since 2018. If you’ve been waiting for the fully finished experience then wait no longer, SURV1V3‘s official launch happens this weekend. Playable solo or in co-op with up to four people, the videogame features realistic weapons and attachments, over 40 zombie models and friendly fire, so careful where you’re shooting”

Antiprism – Zero Fun

A single-player title with classic shooter ’em up mechanics, Antiprism puts a spaceship in each of your hands using them to blast an endless stream or enemies whilst avoiding asteroids and other environmental hazards. Complete campaign and side missions to earn resources to customise and upgrade the ships ready for some epic boss battles. Or try your luck on the endless Survivor mode with infinite procedurally generated stages.

Antiprism

Ash of Legends – PcubedVR

Blending tower defence and first-person action gameplay, Ash of Legends is an Early Access title for PC VR headsets. Build a base filled with traps and deadly towers before taking on enemy waves yourself with a variety of weapons. Plus as it’s Steam Next Fest there’s a few demo of Ash of Legends currently available.

The Green Fairy – CONICAL

A 10-minute animated short, The Green Fairy by CONICAL takes viewers on a journey with the titular character. She needs to find a new place to live as she’s been driven from her home by green goblins known as Fairy Catchers, leaving her forest to travel to the ‘Big Little City’. A delightful short that’ll be free on supported platforms.

  • Supported platforms: Oculus Quest and Rift, HTC Vive and Valve Index
  • Launch date: 24th May
The Green Fairy

Sentenced VR – Samuel Gordon

Another title that currently has a free demo available on Steam, Sentenced VR is by far the most gruesome of this week’s selection. Striking in both its art style and subject matter, Sentenced VR is all about mastering the art of beheading, describing itself as: “a game about personal conscience and obedience to authority.” 

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‘Larcenauts’ Is The VR Hero Shooter We Need Right Now

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Impulse Gear’s class-based team shooter is now available on Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift. Coming soon to SteamVR.

If there’s one genre of VR that players never tire of, it’s first-person shooters. Just take a look at the excess amount of mil-sim VR shooters currently flooding the market. Onward, Pavlov VR, Zero Caliber—the list goes on. With so many options available to players at the moment, it can be tough for a developer to set their title apart from established competitors.

This is where Larcenauts comes in.

Brought to us by developer Impulse Gear, Larcenauts is an expertly crafted VR hero shooter oozing with personality. Think of it like Overwatch meets Valorant, only instead of controlling the action from behind a screen, you’re right there in the world alongside these outrageous characters.

Available now on Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift headsets, this unique class-based multiplayer shooter has you taking on the role of one of eight different Specialists as you partake in a daring heist lead by Captain Eleanor Kas (voiced by the incomparable Jane Lynch). This includes a giant sentient mushroom with a pair of incredibly destructive fists, a deadly accurate sniper capable of hiding in plain sight, and a strange alien medic equipped with powerful healing abilities just to name a few. The goal, according to Impulse Gear, was to develop a game that stands out from the surplus of realistic shooters on Oculus and SteamVR headsets, resulting in one of the first true hero shooters developed from the ground up for VR headsets.

Image Credit: Impulse Gear

As you explore a dangerous sector of the Ludus galaxy, you’ll engage in 6v6 multiplayer shootouts across four unique environments, each with its own unique layout to explore and tactics to master. Each of these battlefields feels unique in its own right, thanks in large part to some clever map design. One thing you will find across most maps is a grappling system that allows you to quickly scale hard-to-reach areas. When used correctly, this tool can have you running circles around your opponents. Like any good hero shooter, the game features numerous game modes to compete in. This includes Refuel (claim key territories across the map), Uplink (a futuristic take on capture-the-flag), and—of course—classic Team Deathmatch.

As previously mentioned, each of the aforementioned characters features its own unique abilities to master. Calima, for instance, is an Infiltrator class character capable of deploying a smokescreen and dashing around the map at incredible speeds. VOD, on the other hand, is a Brawler that’s most effective in close-quarters, using its “Grasp” and “Fungal” abilities to close in on enemies and deal massive damage with its powerful fists. Unlike VR mil-sims centered around nameless soldiers, each Specialist in Larcenauts features its own background and perspective. Each character is also fully voiced, which injects an additional layer of personality into the experience. In order to properly utilize each of these Specialists, however, you’ll need to spend a decent amount of time learning their individual capabilities.

Image Credit: Impulse Gear

That’s the beauty of Larcenauts; it’s the type of game that’s easy to pick up, but difficult to master. In addition to unlocking new skins and weapon load-outs, you’ll also have the chance to earn Power Slates which can be used to upgrade a character’s attributes. For example, Calima’s “Dash” ability allows her to make small quantum jumps across the map two times before requiring a cooldown. By adding a Power Slate to this ability, you can bump that up to three dashes per cooldown. Players can equip three Power Slates to any of the eight characters, allowing for plenty of customization.

According to the team, there are no plans for paid microtransactions at this time. All abilities and skins can be unlocked using in-game currency which can be earned by simply playing the game. Daily and weekly missions help keep the experience feeling fresh with new challenges, such as winning a certain amount of games with a specific character or killing a set number of enemies using a particular ability.

Image Credit: Impulse Gear

Honestly, it’s a little overwhelming just how much content the team has packed into this game. And this is only the beginning. Impulse Gear has already provided a roadmap detailing a variety of upcoming features and content, from private lobbies and manual reloading to new maps and Specialists. Personally, I can’t wait to see how Larcenauts continues to develop over the coming months.

Speaking with Impulse Gear, it’s clear the team has much in store for this ambitious VR hero shooter. Apparently, the team will be providing ongoing support for years to come, which means we could be looking at a very different game down the line. While there are no definitive plans set in stone just yet, the developers have expressed interest in the esports sector, which makes perfect sense once you go hands-on with the game. Larcenauts require a heavy amount of communication and coordination between you and your teammates, from planning your loadouts to strategizing your plan of attack based on the Specialists being used, the map being played, and the game mode you’re competing in.

Image Credit: Impulse Gear

All in all, Larcenauts succeeds with flying colors in offering players a well-balanced and incredibly addictive hero shooter in VR. From the unique characters and lore to the well fleshed-out gunplay and map design, Larcenauts is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. One that I highly recommend you check out.

Larcenauts is available now on Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift headsets for $29.99 with support for both cross-play and cross-buy. The game was scheduled to launch simultaneously on SteamVR, but has been delayed due to compatibility issues between the game engine (Unreal Engine 4) and SteamVR.

Feature Image Credit: Impulse Gear

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Blaston Review Bombed After Facebook Ad Announcement

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Dozens of user-generated reviews this week gave 1-star to dueling shooter Blaston to critique Facebook’s upcoming virtual reality advertising test.

The title from Resolution Games is a bit like a cross between Ironlights and Wands with the player restricted to a small platform in which they need to dodge slow-moving projectiles sent by the other player. Later this month it is due for a single-player campaign update. Earlier this week, Blaston was the only specific title mentioned as being part of the upcoming advertising in VR test, though Facebook did say it would also be testing with “a couple other developers.”

The game sells for $9.99 and reviewers are taking to the game’s pages on both the Oculus Store and Steam to protest the planned test of ads in a paid VR gaming product. Overall reviews are still very positive over on Steam and 83% of reviews on Oculus rated the game 5-stars, but most recent reviews on both platforms are negative and mention the ad test. One review, voted by nearly 150 people as being “helpful”, said “Paid titles should not introduce advertising. It is wildly unacceptable to do so months after purchase.”

“We have seen the negative reviews, and while no one likes to see one of their games in this light, these responses are bigger than Blaston and something that the games industry has been seeing for years. At Resolution Games, any integration we do first and foremost takes into account the players and their gameplay experiences. This is all valuable information that will be taken into consideration when the small test begins later this summer,” said Tommy Palm, CEO and co-founder of Resolution Games, in an email.

The developers responded to many reviewers saying this is “temporary test to see how we can develop the game moving forward. Currently this is not planned as a permanent feature, but rather research for future initiatives. We will update both the players and community with more information as we approach the test. We appreciate your feedback, and if you feel strongly about this or would like a refund – you can reach out to Oculus directly about it: https://support.oculus.com/“

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Kojima conspiracies, final E3 thoughts, and more | GamesBeat Decides 201

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E3 is over, and what do we have to show for it? Well, how about a conspiracy about a Hideo Kojima video game? The crew talks about the latest internet theories surrounding developer Blue Box and the horror game Abandoned on this week’s episode of GamesBeat Decides.

Editors Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb also give their final thoughts about E3, talk about some news, and answer your questions. Listen, won’t you?

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