The first experience meant to demonstrate that high-quality augmented reality games could be the killer app for 5G wireless networks is here.
Last summer, Pokémon Go creator Niantic announced it was teaming up with an international roster of wireless carriers to expand the availability of high-quality AR experiences for 5G networks. Now, seven months later, some of those carriers’ customers can finally play a demo version of the first game to emerge from the alliance.
Dubbed Codename: Urban Legends, the demo was built on the same global location-based AR platform powering megahits like Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The goal of the project is to showcase the attractiveness of high-quality AR games on the 5G networks of a subset of alliance partners—Verizon, Deutsche Telekom, and Globe Telecom.
Although Niantic isn’t yet saying when the full version of Codename: Urban Legends will be available, the release of the demo is an important milestone as the alliance…