Wed, 28 Apr 2021 15:17:46 GMT
Bringing iconic, beloved characters to life through the power of augmented reality in an immersive adventure creates a new form of storytelling and entertainment for the 21st century.
A free app combines cutting edge developments in mixed reality technology. Through a Snapchat filter players can conjure up characters as life-size avatars directly in front of them, wherever they are.
To create The Big Fix Up, Fictioneers, conceived and launched by AKQA-owned digital product studio Potato, partnered with multi-award winning independent studio Aardman.
In the first adventure in over a decade, the entrepreneurial duo’s new business venture Spick & Spanners, takes fans on a contract to fix up Bristol, the home of Aardman. Players can sign up to become an employee of Spick & Spanners and help Wallace and Gromit get out of trouble. Through a host of augmented reality gameplay, CG animations, in-character phone calls, extended reality (XR) portals, and comic strips, fans become a crucial part of the story.
A bespoke software platform powers the experience; created by Fictioneers. MUST (Multi User Storytelling) enables creative teams to design real-time stories, timelines and activities whilst integrating various supporting transmedia.
Characters are voiced by celebrities, including Miriam Margolyes, Jim Carter, Isy Suttie, Joe Sugg and Ben Whitehead as Wallace.
The Big Fix up has been created with technology partners, including Unity, which powers more than 60 per cent of the world’s augmented reality and virtual reality content; 3D mapping platform Fantasmo to enable a city-scale augmented reality experience, bringing Bristol city to life. Plus, UI software developer toolkit Flutter and 3D distance scanning technology LIDAR. The project is also backed by funding from the Government’s UK Research and Innovation.
Fans can take part from the comfort of home just by downloading the free app, pushing the boundaries of tech-driven storytelling. Cracking.
"Wallace and Gromit have innovation at the comedic heart of their world. Working with Fictioneers has been a perfect fit, allowing us to bring the duo’s fantastic fictional contraptions into audiences’ homes using the latest technology."
Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director of Wallace and Gromit, AardmanAKQA UK, 5 months ago