Apple ARKit puts Street Fighter II on your actual street
One of the most popular AR apps as of late was Pokemon GO, which became a craze in 2016, but it really only scratches the surface of what AR can do. Now that Apple's ARKit and Google's ARCore platforms are live and in the hands of developers, a lot of talented people are pushing the envelope, looking for what's possible and what the future might bring.
Such is the case with Street Fighter II “Real World Warrior Edition”. Now, please note that this is not an official release and we don't know what Capcom has to say about it as of yet. It's not available for download and is only presented as a concept by its developer Abhishek Singh. You may remember that name from another concept AR game, which brought Super Mario to our world.
Anyway, what do we have? A demo video which shows us two iPhones playing Street Fighter in AR. The virtual warriors are placed anywhere in the world and are actual 3D models. You can go close and inspect them, you can go around, look at them from above or below. Both phones keep well in sync and show both players the same fighter positioning and results.
Now, yes, the fighting mechanics and animations by themselves do look to be very, very clunky. The developer did say that he'd love to improve the game more, but he is unsure "what Capcom has to say about it". In other words, this was made as a concept and demonstration and there isn't much use in trying to develop it as a commercial product as the developer might end up being blocked from selling it anyway.