Niantic launches NBA All-World AR game on iOS/Android.
Niantic has released its new basketball-themed, location-based mobile game, NBA All-World, for iOS and Android. Digital Trends attended a presentation to learn more about the game. Players will explore their environment to find Drop Zones that grant them new gear and Player Encounters where they can face off against current NBA athletes in minigames. They can also challenge players they already recruited again to earn more currency. Additionally, there are neighborhood leaderboards where players can compete for the highest score. The game also includes microtransactions that allow players to increase their athletes’ stats. Niantic hopes that the global appeal of basketball will make NBA All-World a massive hit.
The game will feel familiar to players of Niantic’s other titles as it tracks their location and encourages them to explore. The minigames use simple swipe controls and feature realistic animation. Players can customize their athletes with items found at Drop Zones and upgrade them by playing with them. There are currently no player-versus-player elements in the game, but Niantic may add them in the future.
The game also features post-launch updates, including Niantic’s trademark AR support. Early in the second quarter of 2023, Niantic plans on adding AR support to NBA All-World to enhance the loot drops from Drop Zones to make it look like they’re happening in the real world. While the studio is confident that the game will be a success, only time will tell if it will make it past its rookie season.
NBA All-World is available now for iOS and Android. Players can join the game and explore their environment to find Drop Zones, Player Encounters, and compete for the highest score in the neighborhood leaderboards. Post-launch updates will include Niantic’s trademark AR support and possibly more competitive modes. Players can look forward to an exciting basketball gaming experience.