Russian developer Ambidexter has announced soft-launch of its flagship project, UnderVerse, a mobile augmented reality RPG for iOS. The game is now available in the New Zealand AppStore, while Australian gamers will be able to download the game toward the end of June. Ambidexter intends to make an Android version of the game available in the near future.
The indie studio claims that UnderVerse is the first mobile game in the world that combines the RPG genre, augmented reality, a global positioning system, and a massive online multiplayer mode. Players of the title will need to unite in order to repel a demonic incursion from another world, which has targeted the largest cities on Earth. Players can discover the infernal creatures lurking through the streets of their city through to the use of a mobile detector tuned to demonic presences.
The studio said it had implemented its own unique solution for the non-markup construction of augmented reality. The game utilizes a turn-based combat system that includes PVP and PVE fights, as well as full GPS navigation that incorporates events and points into the game based on the route taken and GPS map. Players will have multiple options to develop their characters.
Ambidexter said it chose New Zealand and Australia as their test markets for the game due to the relatively small but rich English-speaking market, which the company characterized as “a demanding, thoughtful and able audience.” The company intends to collect feedback and reports from the soft-launch in order to prepare their game for global release.
“New Zealand was chosen as the site for the soft-launch of our flagship project for many factors,” said Michael Shapiro, CEO and founder of Ambidexter. “On one hand, this country is a small microcosm of the USA or the U.K. markets. On the other hand, there are a lot of gamers with Asian roots. Therefore we will have the opportunity to receive informative and relevant feedback before the Asian release. Moreover, we have a lot of surprises for NZ gamers including unique demons that live only in the vicinity of Auckland Sky Tower and the sulfur lakes of Rotorua.”
In addition, the studio notes that a major New Zealand media holding company has already purchased 10% of Ambidexter’s shares for $300,000.