Independent developer Other Ocean Interactive’s ID@Xbox sports platformer #IDARB (It Draws A Red Box), the original E3 2104 trailer for which you can watch above, will support Kinect 2 with QR codes for custom characters. Players can create custom characters in-game or on #IDARB’s website which generate QR codes to share with friends that can be printed out and scanned with Kinect 2 in order to import them into #IDARB. You can create the characters online here: http://idarb.com
Here’s more info about #IDARB’s QR codes in an excerpt from website Cool Hunting’s interview with Mike Mika, Other Ocean Interactive’s Head of Development, along with a screenshot of the in-game QR character creator and a QR code for Vivian James, the #GamerGate mascot, that I created using the online creator which you can download and print out to scan with Kinect 2:
In the game, there are two teams each with customizable characters. How are players able to create their own characters?
Early on, they were just colored boxes. Jeff Nachbaur, Executive Producer and Glen McKnight, Senior Designer, offered to make some characters. So I gave them the criteria, “Make them 8×16. Just super-pixelated right now until we decide what we’re going to do.” And so they started making lots characters. They were having such a good time making these characters, we thought it’d be nice to put in an editor to let other people do it as well.
And while we were doing that, we were trying to figure out what we would use the Xbox One Kinect for. Since our characters are so small, 8×16, we thought they could probably be converted to a QR code, which would be shareable with friends and we could print them at GDC and have people try it out. In a matter of two days, we implemented the QR code generator, the character creator, and, even by the end of it, we decided to put the character creator on the website as well. This idea sparked on a Thursday. By Monday, we had people showing up at GDC with home printed versions of their QR code to try out their characters. We knew we were on to something pretty big at that point.
Now we’ve got hundreds of characters on the website. The character creator has become one of the most appealing aspects for the fans of #IDARB. They keep cranking out these characters and it’s amazing to watch. We’ve seen people online go from beginner artists to really accomplished pixel artists in the span of two months.
#IDARB In-Game QR Character Creator
Vivian James QR Code
(Left-click on pic for larger & less compressed image, or right-click on pic and select “Save Link As” to download it for printing out the QR code.)
#IDARB Available For FREE In February’s “Games With Gold”!
If you’re looking forward to #IDARB then I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that it will be available to download for free for all Xbox Live Gold members in February as it’s part of next month’s Games With Gold promotion! Here’s the announcement trailer which spoofs the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, along with the press release and #IDARB’s fact sheet with more info:
Source: Cool Hunting, The Official Xbox YouTube Channel, #IDARB website
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