Many of you may know Phil Tippett. He is responsible for some of the most famous CG and Stop motion creatures that we all know, such as the fish for Piranha, the AT-AT Walkers and Tauntauns for The Empire Strikes Back and he was even the Dinosaur Supervisor for Jurassic Park and Dinosaur Consultant for Jurassic World. (Damn it Phil, you had one job. Yet you didn’t supervise the dinosaurs. This is all your fault.) What does this all have to do with video games? Well he is working with HappyGiant to Launch an AR Card Board Game that uses creatures he designed. Even cooler: the Kickstarter launched today. This is Hologrid: Monster Battle.
Named Best technology of PAX East 2016 by MMOGames, Hologrid: Monster Battle is an AR/VR title that will release for mobile devices that allows you to control monsters and have them battle on your tabletop, similar to Holochess! Using Photogrammetry to scan Tippett’s real monsters, their 3D digital assets give them a level of detail and character that has been missing. This is the same technique that was used to capture details for The Force Awakens. (Yeah, he was a part of that too! He’s everywhere!)
Physical playing cards will trigger Augmented Reality creatures and allow them to move on the game board. Players can face off head-to-head in person or even remotely (if goal is reached). Not only this, but non digital play is available as well, so if you are unable to dive into the augmented reality at one time or another, your cards are not completely useless.
The kickstarter that launched today allows possible customers to see what can be expected from the title, as well as a few different perks that can be earned. (3D printed creatures, tshirts, a full set for the game) There is an early bird access pledge that is available right now that will give you a few digital items, as well as a boxed copy of Hologrid: Monster Battle that includes two card packs, (2 Champions, 6 minions, 5 spells and 1 game board card) a mobile stand, a physical game board and a rules print out for the full game for $25! The title is estimated to be out this November and will be playable on Android and iOS. (with a stretch goal for Windows and Mac, and even larger VR/AR platforms) Check out the Kickstarter here! It launched this morning and will last until Tuesday June 7th, and is already at $15,000 out of its $100,000 goal.