Insomniac Games Releases Seedling — the First Paid Augmented Reality Game for Magic Leap One « Magic Leap :: Next Reality

One the leading game developers for the PlayStation 4 and Oculus Rift platforms, Insomniac Games, is finally releasing its first major augmented reality title: Seedling for the Magic Leap One.

Back in November, we gave our impressions of the game after sampling it at the L.E.A.P. conference in Los Angeles, but the big surprise this month is that Seedling will be Magic Leap’s first paid app.

That’s right, unlike Angry Birds and Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders, which are free to download by anyone with a Magic Leap One, Seedling costs $9.99.

But rather than buy the app via the Magic Leap One, users will need to visit the Magic Leap website and enter their credit card information first, which will then unlock the experience on their device.

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For the uninitiated, the premise of Seedling involves a science-fictional universe in which many worlds have been destroyed and you’re tasked with helping to rebuild things by cultivating an array of alien plant life. In the era of real-world concerns about global warming and a pollution-challenged environment, Seedling is a game that doubles as a message from one our possibly perilous future realities.

Plants can be situated anywhere your Magic Leap One can scan and, after taking root, the plants can be curated over weeks as their vines and branches grow around the objects and furniture in your real-world rooms.

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Along with the alien plant life are tiny alien creatures that populate each mini ecosystem and react to your presence. Over time, Seedling is a meditative experience that provides a unique look at what’s possible with high end augmented reality.



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