Globe Telecom to launch 5G-powered Niantic mobile game
Partnering with Niantic, the Philippines will be the first in Southeast Asia to experience the software development giant’s newest gaming innovation. Codename: Urban Legends is a multiplayer demo that revolves around casting magic spells to blast monsters and rescue mythical allies, including Doty, the original Niantic Explorer. The game is built on the same platform which powers Niantic’s signature titles like Ingress, Pokémon GO, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The game leverages Globe 5G's ultra-low latency or lag time and high bandwidth capabilities to deliver a deeply immersive, highly social AR experience. In the early days of AR gaming, players are usually trapped within their phone: a single reality that could not be shared with others but with 5G, you are now able to share an identical view and experience with others playing the same game. “This will create a strong community of players, who can share the same augmented reality experience and interact with the same characters from their own phones—a feat impractical on 4G or Wi-Fi,” said KD Dizon, Vice President for Globe Consumer Mobile Business. “Thanks to the astounding capabilities of 5G technology available on Globe Telecom, playing games like Codename: Urban Legends on your mobile device allows you to get reeled into a more immersive gaming environment—a stable, lag-free experience,” Dizon added. The partnership of Globe Telecom and Niantic was borne out of the telco’s exclusive membership in Niantic’s Planet-Scale AR Alliance which aims to enable experiences across mobile devices and AR wearables.