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Jadu has launched a multiplayer combat game that incorporates augmented reality (AR) to merge the virtual and physical realms.
The game, named Jadu, is now available for free download on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, as well as Google Play for Android devices.
Through Jadu, players can turn their surroundings into an arena where their avatars engage in real-time player-versus-player (PVP) battles with opponents located remotely.
Jadu aims to bring the concept of Street Fighter to life by allowing players to control their avatars in the real world. This distinctive gaming experience enables users to customize their avatars, challenge friends, and compete against new adversaries.
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The game’s technology makes use of LiDAR sensors, high-resolution cameras, and fast networking capabilities found in modern smartphones, resulting in an immersive gaming experience previously unachievable on any other platform.
Jadu is an AR combat game available on iOS and Android.
One remarkable aspect of Jadu is its collaboration with renowned figures from diverse fields. The single-player campaign mode includes battles with alien robots created in partnership with Transformers creator/director Michael Bay. Additionally, players can discover special in-game items such as hoverboards designed by Lewis Hamilton, Grimes, and Snoop Dogg.
Asad J., CEO and founder of Magic Magic’s Los Angeles-based studio. It is Malik’s brainchild. Malik is recognized as an AR visionary and has been named one of Variety’s 10 Innovators to Watch, Rolling Stone’s Future 25, Forbes’ 30 Under 30, and Adweek’s Young Influentials. His previous AR narrative storytelling projects, Terminal 3 and A Jester’s Tale, premiered at prestigious film festivals including Tribeca and Sundance.
“After 7 years of developing AR projects, we finally feel like we have truly created a spatial experience that is widely accessible, even for the next generation of gamers who grew up using smartphones,” Malik said in a statement. “Fighting against the spectral presence of a remote player in your physical space is an experience that has captivated the imaginations of our beta testers.”
Jadu has garnered significant attention during its beta phase, with over 100,000 matches played by 10,000 participants. Nico Bonatos, managing director of General Catalyst, stated, “Jadu is one of the most ambitious endeavors in consumer AR that I have seen in quite some time. Asad and his incredible team of designers, engineers, and creatives have extensive experience in AR development, and we believe that the company is uniquely positioned to offer Gen Z/Gen Alpha a new gaming experience.”
Several leading companies, including Bain Capital Crypto, General Catalyst, LG Tech Ventures, Com2U, Liontree, and Gangels, have invested a total of $42 million in the company and the game.
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