Competitive multiplayer AR game The Machines announced for iPhone

Brodie Fogg 13 September 2017

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Directive Games announced an all-new augmented reality experience is coming to Apple's latest phones.

Today's Apple keynote may have had its big hardware reveals leaked just days before the proceedings, but Apple still put on quite a show. While Mario and Miyamoto didn't tumble out of a warp pipe to announce a new Nintendo title as some hoped and expected, there were still two very interesting mobile titles teased. The first of those is Sky, the new game from Journey developers thatgamecompany, and the second is The Machines, a totally new augmented reality experience from the comparatively unknown Directive Games.

The Machines might not look like much on the surface, but it's the world's first competitive AR experience. Whether in the same room or miles away, two players rally their army of machines, vying for control over a real-world map thanks to the iPhone 8's AR-calibrated cameras.

Directive Games gave a live demo on stage that showed off the game in real-time AR and all credit to them, the map and fixtures all looked very stable on screen.

Players can manoeuvre around a physical space to get a closer look at the action, or peek through tunnels and choke points. Impressively, the game's volume increases the closer you are to the action and in-game interferences, like mountains, will muffle the battle's audio if the player is stood behind them.

But who are the folks at Directive Games and what do they do? Before The Machines, Directive Games developed the VR game Super Kaiju, a competitive shooter that didn't make huge waves on release but has nonetheless received favourable reviews.

CEO Atli Mar Sveinsson has a history with DICE has Lead Designer and with Ubisoft as Lead Online Designer.

For all the news and announcements from the iPhone 8 and iPhone X keynote, be sure to check our complete round-up.

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