Street Fighter II is the latest popular title to get the augmented reality gaming treatment and the results are truly astonishing.
To the uninformed: augmented reality games blend audio and video content with the user’s environment in real time. Pokémon Go is arguably the most notable example of the format in action with smartphone users invited to seek out monsters in the real world, using their handset.
A raft of augmented reality games have already been made with a wealth of titles still to come, including an updated version of the ’90s arcade classic Street Fighter II. It’s been put together by developer Abhishek Singh, who previewed the results in a new two-minute demo released online.
The results are pretty spectacular, with gamers able to enjoy scraps on the actual streets, rather than the clichéd global settings that feature in the game (that Chun Li street scene still bugs us).
“I loved playing this game on an actual arcade as a kid with my sister and wanted to experiment with multiplayer shared AR experiences, and this kinda just popped in my head,” Singh told CNET. “Also realized the linear motion would work well in this kind of shared experience and I also thought it would look cool.”
The results are impressive and could be enough for Singh to get the go ahead to develop a whole game around the concept. There could be even more to come – Mortal Kombat, anyone?
Singh has already helped develop a Super Mario AR game and would happily do the same for Guile and the gang. Make it happen, Capcom!
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.