New app allows gamers to explore Birmingham

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A new racing app is hoping to revolutionise the way we interact with the world around us.

‘Xtreme Drone Racing Micro’ has been developed by students on Birmingham City University’s Gamer Camp and Interactive Entertainment courses. The app uses geo-tagging technology to unlock tracks set in digital versions of real world locations.
The game’s official launch which took place yesterday featured Cathedral Square, an iconic Birmingham location, which is known locally as ‘Pigeon Park’. On the track, gamers can also weave around a digital recreation of St Philip’s Cathedral whilst dodging a squadron of Spitfires – famously made in the city during the Second World War.

However, in order to race on these tracks, gamers have to be physically present in the real world locations the tracks represent, similar to players visiting a PokéStop or Gym in ‘Pokémon Go’. 

50 students spent three months creating the PlayStation 4 game, with the table version being delivered in just six weeks. Most console games within the industry are developed in 12 to 21 months, with three to six months devoted to gaming apps on average, which makes this game a rather incredible achievement.

Students showcased both versions of the game to gaming industry professionals, including developers from Sony, Codemasters and Rare.

Luke Savage, Senior Academic Development Manager at Sony Interactive Entertainment, who attended yesterday’s launch, said:

These students are the next generation of PlayStation game developers, and we want to give them the best opportunities to become part of our developer community.

Prospective students who are interested in enrolling on the Gamer Camp and Interactive Entertainment courses are being invited along to the University’s Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 8 October, where visitors will get the chance to play ‘Xtreme Drone Racing’ for themselves. 

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