Joe Dever’s Classic 32–Book ‘Choose Your Own Path’ Series Comes to Life with Lone Wolf AR
CASUAL CONNECT EUROPE – LONDON: Tuesday, MAY 28, 2019 – London-based game developer VisionizAR today formally announced its plans to develop a location-based mobile AR fantasy role-playing game based on the popular Lone Wolf ‘Choose Your Own Path’ book series. Previously shown as a sneak-peak at last fall’s Lucca Comics & Games festival in Italy, Lone Wolf AR will be included in the Developer Showcase at this week’s Casual Connect Europe, May 28-30 in London.
Poised to be the first-ever mobile AR RPG game, Lone Wolf AR combines the mobile platform’s mapping and geo-tagging technologies with augmented reality. Playing as characters based on those from the original book series, high-fantasy puzzles, quests, monsters and boss-fights come alive in the real world, creating a new twist on live-action role-playing. Players will be able to find adventure on their doorstep and choose where the game will take them.
First published in 1984, the original series of 29 gamebooks was created by Joe Dever and illustrated by Gary Chalk (books 1-8). Translated into 13 languages, it sold more than 9 Million copies worldwide. Inspired by classic medieval texts, the books are set in the fictional land of Magnamund and follow the adventures of Lone Wolf, the last of his caste of warrior monks known as the Kai Lords.
VisionizAR is working with late author’s son Ben Dever, who is currently co-writing three new books in the series based on his father’s detailed notes, to ensure that the game truly captures the spirit of the books.
“It’s a childhood dream come true to be working with such a beloved fantasy series alongside Ben. Like many children at the time, I found Lone Wolf captivating and it truly was a forerunner to modern day interactive adventures,” said Rene Batsford, VisionizAR founder. “I wanted to tap into the rich and detailed world that Joe Dever created and apply a modern twist using mobile based augmented reality. Lone Wolf lends itself perfectly to location-based gaming.”
Players pick a place of interest in the real world to begin their quest, and then select how they wish to resolve each choice and encounter. They will combat a host of fantastical 3D enemies and monsters, brought to life in augmented reality, and even take part in cooperative Boss Fights with other players. They’ll fight to protect their Factions, see how their progress impacts the wider world of Magnamund and the Kai Lords, and then return to their Homestead to build and repair their equipment.
Currently, Lone Wolf AR is slated for release in late 2019 or early 2020 on iOS and Android phones and tablets. To follow the game’s progress, please visit https://www.lonewolfar.com/ or follow the game on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
VisionizAR, formed in 2017, has been developing Augmented Reality Experiences to enable single and multi-player fantasy-based adventures using mobile technology and combining branching narrative. Uniquely, VisionizAR allows players to set where they want to play their adventures, “Turning your world into an adventure”. VisionizAR acquired the Lone Wolf (Joe Dever) license to bring the world of Lone Wolf to Augmented Reality Roleplaying in 2020/21. Headquartered in London, VisionizAR is a privately held company, funded by private investors.
Screenshots, trailer and additional press information are available here. VisionizAR founder Rene Batsford will be onsite and available for interview at Casual Connect Europe, Table #211.