×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Magic Leap and Weta Launch ‘Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders’ at L.E.A.P. Developer Conference

Magic Leap and Weta Workshop used the headset maker’s inaugural L.E.A.P. developer conference in Los Angeles to launch “Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders” as one of the very first gaming titles on the Magic Leap One headset Tuesday.

“Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders” is, in its essence, a steampunk-inspired robot shooting game that uses Magic Leap’s AR technology to bring killer robots into your living room. The game uses walls, ceilings and other surfaces to open portals through which the robots invade, ready to be blasted by the player.

The two companies demonstrated the title to a select audience of journalists and industry insiders with an abbreviated 10-minute version Tuesday, and subsequently released the entire title with multiple hours of gameplay as a  free download for the Magic Leap One.

Weta Workshop game director Greg Broadmore told Variety on the sidelines of the event that he initially built the game for himself, but that “Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders” could ultimately appeal to anyone looking to play video games beyond the screen. “You can be part of the story,” he said.

Broadmore said that the title made use of Magic Leap’s room scanning technology to incorporate as many real-world surfaces into the gameplay as possible. “The more of the real world you will gather, the more the game will use,” he said. For instance, if a player scanned their ceiling, robots would ultimately open portals in that ceiling as well.

“Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders” had been very much part of Magic Leap’s development since its early days. One of the first concept videos for the AR headset featured robots similar to those used in the game, and Weta Workshop co-founder and CEO said during a fireside chat Tuesday that he was the 11th person ever to experience an early Magic Leap prototype.

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz added that the game very much influenced the development of the headset as well. “This was our tip of the spear project. If we couldn’t make it with this, we wouldn’t ship,” he said, adding that the specs of the game contributed to the decision to switch out the chipset used for Magic Leap One.

Leading up to the launch of the game, there had been rumors that Weta Workshoup would launch “Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders” as a multiplayer game. That’s not true for the title released Tuesday, but Broadmore told Variety that the company was already experimenting with an early multiplayer version behind closed doors.

More Gaming

  • Tfue to Create Own Esports Org

    Tfue to Create Own Esports Org After Faze Clan Split (Report)

    “Fortnite” streamer Turner “Tfue” Tenney wants to create his own esports organization after breaking away from Faze Clan earlier this week, according to PCGamesN. YouTuber Keemstar posted a message he received from Tfue’s brother, Jack Tenney, on Thursday reportedly outlining the streamer’s future plans. “Turner wants to create his own org, work with the brands [...]

  • Loot Box Bill Moves Forward With

    Loot Box Bill Moves Forward With Bipartisan Support

    A bill seeking to ban exploitative video game loot boxes and pay-to-win scenarios that target children is moving forward in the U.S. with bipartisan support. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) formally filed his bill, called the Protecting Children From Abusive Games Act, on Thursday. If it passes, it will ban companies from publishing minor-oriented games that [...]

  • 'Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey' Launches on

    'Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey' Launches on Epic Game Store in August, Consoles in December

    “Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey,” an open-world survival game from former “Assassin’s Creed” creative director Patrice Désilets, is officially launching on PC via the Epic Games Store on Aug. 27, developers Panache Digital Games and Private Division announced on Thursday. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners will have to wait a bit longer to play. Those [...]

  • 'Tetris 99' Is a Maelstrom of

    'Tetris 99' Is a Maelstrom of Industry Trends

    “Tetris” might be the perfect video game. Even now, thirty-five years after the first time, it still feels good to drop a long block into a narrow shaft and erase four lines at once. That this action is called a TETRIS is a clue to the game’s self-confidence: No other game would be so boastful [...]

  • Fortnite Battle Royale

    'Fortnite' Season Nine, Week Three Challenges Guide

    Season nine’s week-three challenges are live in “Fortnite,” and that means new ways to earn Battle Stars and experience. By collecting more Battle Stars and upping their tier, up to a season maximum of 100, players can earn limited-time rewards like cosmetic outfits and XP boosts. (Collecting 10 Battle Stars will unlock one additional tier.) [...]

  • New Handheld Console Playdate Has a

    New Handheld Console Playdate Has a Crank and 12 Games

    Portland-based Panic has a shiny new game console, called Playdate, and a slew of new games to go with it, the developer announced Wednesday via Twitter. Playdate is a bright yellow, handheld console with a black and white screen and a crank— no not for power, this little crank has functionality in some games for [...]

  • 'Darksiders II' Could Be Heading to

    'Darksiders II' Could Be Heading to Nintendo Switch

    THQ Nordic’s “Darksiders II” could be making its way to the Nintendo Switch as soon as August, if a product page on the Koch Media site is accurate, as spotted by Loot Pots. The rumors of “Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition” coming to the Switch were ignited when the game popped up on the Canadian EB [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content