Pokemon Go developer Niantic working on new AR basketball game

Niantic Labs, developers of augmented reality experiences, including the very popular Pokemon Go, revealed that a new AR basketball game is in the works, with beta testing starting soon in “restricted markets.” The game joins a slew of other recent projects from the software development company, including: Pikmin Bloom3D world map and of course a lot game-improving updates for Pokemon Go

Niantic describes the game, NBA All-World, as a “free-to-play, officially licensed geolocation basketball game in which players can find, challenge and compete against today’s NBA ballers in their neighborhood.” Players can participate in one-on-one challenges or recruit players to play as a team, while replenishing their stats and collecting equipment to improve their (virtual) skills on the field.

Marcus Matthews, Senior Producer at Niantic, commented on the project, saying it represents “an industry first in sports games, as an original, real-world mobile game that will appeal to casual and core NBA fans alike.” Adding to its NBA appeal even more, the game will “embrace NBA fashion with the ability to outfit players in-game with custom clothing.”

Niantic is working directly with the NBA on the creation and impending release of NBA All-World, which is expected to launch in the 2022-23 NBA season for Android and iOS devices. Until then, you can pre-register for the app and sign up to receive updates on the official NBA All-World page.