Magic Leap's Visionary Flagship Game 'Dr. Grodbort’s Invaders' Looks Like the Future Of Mixed Reality

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - 11:54AM
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - 11:54AM
Magic Leap's Visionary Flagship Game 'Dr. Grodbort’s Invaders' Looks Like the Future Of Mixed Reality
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Even Magic Leap's CEO Rony Abovitz admits that all the hype surrounding the release of the company's new headset, which took several years and $2.3 billion to create, is a little hard to live up to. In an interview with Wired, he goes as far as saying "I think we were arrogant." Well, it's a fine line between "visionary game-changer" and "arrogant tech geeks with delusions of grandeur," and despite the less-than-Earth-shattering release of the Magic Leap One headset this August, it looks like Magic Leap is working on carving out a foothold for itself, both in the gaming and commercial spaces.

With the company's first developer conference happening today, Magic Leap finally steps into the spotlight to show the world what it can do. For one thing, it's well-publicized partnership with Weta Workshop and Peter Jackson's Wingnut AR have yielded two major video game titles, including the headset's flagship game Dr. Grordbordt's Invasion. According to one person associated with the company: "The game helped shape the platform. Dr. Grordbort's was the problem and Magic Leap is the solution."



Apart from games, Magic Leap is working to become an augmented reality platform for medical companies like Brainlab (which wants to use AR tech to help teach brain surgery) and furniture companies like Wayfair (which want you to be able to visualize your purchases in your living room before buying).

Unfortunately for any consumers who want to keep the mixed reality revolution dream alive, the Magic Leap One is just as expensive as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive when all is said and done. Despite not needing a separate gaming PC, the full kit will still run you $2,295. However, that does include a little CD-player like computer you can clip onto your belt that frees you from having to wire yourself up to a PC. Along with the lightweight goggles and nicely designed controller, the Magic Leap is one of the first mixed reality headsets that can actually boast true freedom of movement.

You will, however, still look like a retro-futuristic time traveler when wearing the goggles.
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