The upcoming PlayStation 4 game God of War (colloquially referred to as God of War 4) is already receiving rave reviews for its graphics, new combat system, music, and storyline. Some reviews are even mentioning the “cinematic feel” of the game which gives the player an immersive experience.
To emphasize that immersion, Sony debuted a new augmented reality app called God of War – Mímir’s Vision. Mímir is a character in Norse mythology (from which the new God of War game takes a lot of its plot points) who is beheaded in a war. The god Odin carries around Mímir’s head, which gives him knowledge and counsel.
As such, God of War – Mímir’s Vision gives you knowledge about the world map of the game. Using augmented reality, you can place a 3D relief map of the world on any flat surface, like a floor or large table. You can then manipulate the map using your fingers, zooming in on areas you’d like to explore.
Scattered around the map are hints and legends that will likely help you out when you’re actually playing God of War on your PlayStation 4 this weekend.
To check out the map, you don’t need any special virtual reality headsets. You only need a smartphone running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher, and the ARCore app installed. God of War – Mímir’s Vision is about 100MB in size, so you’ll need that much space free on your phone as well.
In related news, you can now play Holochess (or Dejarik) in Star Wars: Jedi Challenges without the need for a Lenovo Mirage AR headset… on iOS. As VentureBeat reports, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is now available to use with iPhones compatible with Apple’s ARKit without the need to buy any extra hardware. This new feature is an iOS exclusive for right now, but we’ll update you if we hear of an Android launch.
Have you pre-ordered God of War and set aside the weekend to play it as much as possible? Let us know in the comments!