Live your combats from the front row with augmented reality

Meet your gladiators face-to-face. Live an epic battle from the front row. Now’s your chance to step into the arena in augmented reality.

The crowd roars for blood. The clangs of steel-on-steel are the only sounds that break the nervous silence, as your companions and competitors jostle for position in the dark passageway. Slowly, the wooden gates begin to creak open, the sunlight reflecting off the gladiators’ armour like flashes of mercury filing out into the arena.

You’re in Ancient Rome. You’re looking down into the great colosseum. You’re in a coffee shop, watching a legendary gladiator battle play out on the tabletop in front of you.

Augmented reality is the future of mobile gaming, and Gladiator Heroes has become one of the first mobile games to implement it using iOS 11’s new ARkit.

You can now watch your battles in real-life settings, whether it’s in miniature on a table, or life-sized on the street; you can get a full, 360-degree view of the fight, or move in close to the action.

Plus, with the unique combination of Apple’s ARkit and ReplayKit, you can become the director of your own combats. Shoot, save and share your gameplay with fellow lanistae around the world.

The addition of augmented reality to Gladiator Heroes has been one of our biggest projects to date: last month, our development team were among just a handful selected to attend a special ARkit workshop at Apple’s Paris headquarters.

From there, they’ve developed two ways for you to immerse yourself in the game; by viewing battles in real-life settings, or by placing their gladiators in various poses.

With both options, you can physically move around to see your gladiators, and their battles, from all angles.

What you do in life echoes in virtual reality, so charge up your phone, aim and shoot; the fight has begun.

How to use augmented reality in Gladiator Heroes

Getting iOS 11

First, make sure you’ve got Apple’s latest operating system installed on your device. The software is available for the iPhone 6S and up, as well as the 6th-generation iPod Touch, and the latest iPads.

Update Gladiator Heroes

Go to the App Store and update to version 1.9.2 of Gladiator Heroes.

How to see your gladiator in AR

Go to the gladiator residence and select the gladiator you’d like to see in augmented reality. Press the AR icon on the right-hand side of your gladiator. Move your phone over a flat, clear surface to initiate the AR. You can rotate your gladiator with two fingers, make him bigger or smaller, and change his pose or position.

How to see your battle in AR

Place your gladiators into the arena. Select the AR button in the top right-hand side and move your device slightly to activate AR. Scale and reposition the arena to where you’d like it, and start the battle! You can move in on different characters during the fight to get close to the action, or physically rotate around the battle.

How to record your battles in AR

Before opening the AR function, select ‘record combat’ from the top right-hand corner. Once the battle finishes, you will have the option of replaying, saving or sharing your video.

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