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Pokemon Go creator, Niantic, announced a new AR gaming development platform called Lightship.

Updated: Jul 12, 2023


Niantic launches Lightship, a new platform for developing augmented reality apps

Exciting News for Developing Augmented Reality Apps


In a major move that is set to shake up the world of augmented reality (AR) gaming, Niantic, the creator of the wildly popular Pokemon Go game, has announced the launch of a new AR platform for game developers called Lightship.


The announcement debuted in a blog post by Niantic CEO John Hanke. This launch marks a significant expansion of the company's business model, which has historically focused on the development of its own games. Lightship will empower third-party developers to build their own AR games and experiences using Niantic's technology and infrastructure.


According to Hanke, Lightship will offer developers a range of tools and features including real-time multiplayer capabilities, persistent AR worlds, and advanced machine learning algorithms that can help to create more immersive and engaging experiences.


"Lightship represents the culmination of years of investment and development in AR technology," Hanke said. "We believe that AR has the potential to revolutionize the way we play games, interact with our environment, and even learn about the world around us. With Lightship, we're making that vision a reality."


AR Gaming is the Focus of Excitement and Debate


The announcement has been met with excitement from the gaming community. Many developers have expressed interest in using Lightship to create their own AR experiences, and our hope is that this new platform allows more developers to enter the AR space. Some experts have even suggested that the platform could pave the way for a new era of AR gaming, with game designers able to create more sophisticated and immersive experiences than ever before.


Despite the excitement surrounding Lightship, however, some have raised concerns about the potential risks and ethical considerations associated with AR gaming. In particular, there are concerns about the potential for AR games to become addictive and the impact that they could have on children and young people.


Nevertheless, with the launch of Lightship, Niantic has cemented its position as one of the leading companies in the AR gaming space, and it will be interesting to see how the platform develops and what kind of games and experiences emerge from it in the years to come.

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