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3DS set to infest your home with dead things via augmented reality ghost hunting game

I've been saying it for ages. Augmented reality has a major part to play in the future of handheld gaming. With GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and cameras in our mobile phones, the potential for blurring our real-world exploration with our gaming is a thrillingly exciting no-brainer. Why the iPhone isn't absolutely flooded with shooters, RPGs and adventure games laid over real-world locations I do not understand. Fortunately though, Nintendo has already cemented AR gaming as a core pillar of the 3DS experience by installing a stack of it onto the console out of the box.

And now we have the announcement of the first, full-size third party edition. And things are (hopefully) going to get really spooky.

Coming from publisher Majesco, and in development at 1st Playable Productions, The Hidden is a ghost hunting/extermination game which uses the 3DS' cameras, gyroscopic motion control and WiFi to deliver "a rich 3D adventure with multiple layers" set in the real world. Sounds mighty exciting, and and it could be crazy-scary, in a "Cheers Majesco, I now no longer feel safe in my own home" kind of way, if executed correctly.

Only issue as I see it so far is that its effectiveness is all going to hinge on its tone. Worrylingly, a quick scan down 1st Playable's back catalogue reveals a hell of a lot of very kid-oriented games. So while this would be awesome:

This would be a sad waste of a brilliant concept:

Are you as excited about the idea as I am? If so, fingers crossed, people.

April 7th, 2011

21 comments

  • jmcgrotty - April 8, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    Well, first off, I disagree with your statement of "Nintendo has already cemented AR gaming as a core pillar of the 3DS experience by installing a stack of it onto the console out of the box". By this same logic, Nintendo is giving a lot of importance to 3DS Sound that comes installed on the system? No. AR is a poorly thought out gimmick that will bore quickly, unless there is some serious improvement of it's use. Fortunately, that is what is interesting about this newest story. While based on the companies history, they have 0% of a chance of making a real interesting product, BUT this might be a good "tech demo" type thing where a real developer can actually make something worthwhile out of it. Don't get me wrong, 3DS is already a massive failure no matter how you look at it, but this is at least intriguing.
  • SlinkyDink - April 8, 2011 2:30 a.m.

    WHERE ARE TEH 3D BEWBS!?
  • shawksta - April 7, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    Hell yeah, They go right ahead, the DS was open for 3rd parties now 3DS is even more open, Go for it, and MAKE IT SCARY :D
  • Ilyere - April 7, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    Woah, that picture almost scared the hell out of me. But yeah, it sounds like a great idea.
  • Kudoshinichi - April 7, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    This has the potential to be amazing. I, for one, am very excited. I agree though, the camera doesn't work very well in low light so we'll see how it all turns out.
  • rabidpotatochip - April 7, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    I was going to mention Denno Coil as well but it seems 8bitBaby beat me to it. That was the first thing I thought of when I saw this, it sounds friggin' sweet, and if GR tells me this game is awesome I will trample my grandmother to buy a 3DS.
  • Skullkan6 - April 7, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    I hope they try a setting which "Haunts" you 3DS like the "Haunted copy of Majora's mask"(Warning, VERY CREEPY) http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/majoras-mask-creepypasta-ben-drowned Also, Didn't I hear about this coming to the DSi shop a year ago?
  • Shagnasty - April 7, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    I WILL enjoy myself, spambot. Thank you very much!
  • claytonmiller - April 7, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    Now THAT is truly scary! Quality is their Dignity? Service is their Lift? WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? (Related to a post that may or may not be removed by the time you read this).
  • ShadowReaper666 - April 7, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    Fucking spammer you ruined a perfectly good article
  • claytonmiller - April 7, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    I love me some horror games! But cosmicshambles definitely has a point. However, what if there was a flashlight attatchment for the 3DS? Cheesy, sure, but wouldn't it be cool to wander around a darkened room populated with virtual ghosts and creatures whilst tripping over chairs and ottomans and other furniture?
  • cosmicshambles - April 7, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    Stalking round your house at night looking for ghosties to zap sounds great, but ... the 3DS camera doesn't perform well in low light. This won't work.
  • Hyawatta - April 7, 2011 2:26 p.m.

    I watch show like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, so I would like it if The Hidden game gives us real tools that they use on those shows such as the ability to record EVP’s, see different parts of the light spectrum, or one of those devices that translated the spirits’ actions into words.
  • 8bitBaby - April 7, 2011 2:18 p.m.

    Dennō Coil! Dennō Coil! Dennō Coil! EVERYBODY WATCH DENNO COIL! this is where nintendo, and everyone else is going to go with augmented reality (i hope!) and it's gonna be just as awesome and spooky. also... DENNO COIL!
  • sirdilznik - April 7, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    Color me interested. ReCaptcha=reality natiente. Ain't that the truth.
  • MikeMov89 - April 7, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    After doing some research on the game I managed to find an in-game screenshot. Looks very scary http://yfrog.com/z/h0d851j
  • Kyo - April 7, 2011 2:08 p.m.

    Sounds very interesting to me for sure. I love the AR cards so something like this should give a lot of entertainment for someone not too picky lol.. Just hope they don't suck o_o
  • GR_DavidHoughton - April 7, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    IT'S HAUNTED!
  • MikeMov89 - April 7, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    Based on those images the most frightening aspect is that the 3DS isn't even turned on :D

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