AEver wondered how it feels like to battle with energy balls and shields? Well, this new game might finally allow you to live out your anime fantasies.
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Ever wondered how it feels like to battle with energy balls and shields? Well, this new game might finally allow you to live out your anime fantasies.
Hado Pilipinas, a team sport that combines the mechanics of dodgeball and augmented reality (AR) energy balls and shields, was just recently launched. The name “Hado” means “vibration,” or “wave motion” in Nihonggo—does “hadouken” ring any bells?—and is a brand of AR game produced in Japan.
The game has since been adapted to countries all over the world, including China, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Spain, Russia, the UK, and the United States. It has finally arrived in the Philippines through a partnership with ABS-CBN.
“This technosport combines physical and digital play in a game that various teams, groups of friends, even families can play and enjoy,” shares ABS-CBN Themed Experiences head Cookie Bartolome.
In a Hado game, up to six participants can play at any given time, with three players per team. It is player versus player (or PvP), and each team has 80 seconds to battle it out inside the Hado Arena. The winning side is the one who gathers the most points via knockouts at the end of regulations.
Each player wears a Hado head-mounted display, complete with a smart phone, as well as a sidearm device. The head mount allows the players to see the virtual augmentations, while the device gives them the ability to put up energy shields, and throw energy balls.
The Hado team says that iOS devices are favored over Androids because of their hardware. “iOS is much better than Android because the GPU and the CPU is much faster than android machines at the moment,” says Hado CEO Hiroshi Fukuda. “Android also has a lot of different devices, but Apple only has one, so it’s easier to support.” They also mentioned the durability of iPhones being much more superior than more high-grade augmented reality devices. This is imperative in a sports setting because dropping the device is almost guaranteed.
Before the game, players are given 30 seconds to add a set number of points to a list of attributes, which includes shooting speed and shield strength. By optimizing your attributes, you can play either an offensive or defensive role in-game.
During the game, energy balls are thrown by jerking your wrist downwards, while shields are thrown up by lifting your arms upward. The goal is to get more points through KO’ing the opponent by hitting them with the balls thrown. If you are hit without putting up your shield, you are knocked out for three seconds, while the opposing team gets a point. Should both teams end regulation with the same amount of points, they will go into overtime, where the first knockout ends the game entirely.
Not just a trend
While on the surface, the rise of technosports may seem like something that will come and go, Bartolome is adamant about the potential of Hado sports and how successful it may be in the future.
“Our vision for Hado is to make it a family activity. This is aligned with our vision as a company to create physical bonding activities for families,” she explains, “There are so many possibilities I foresee that they can create with Hado.”
Fukuda, on the other hand, takes it one step further and believes that Hado can reach a more global scale. “Our vision is huge. Now, the biggest sports event is football, or soccer, right? We hope to overcome soccer with Hado,” he envisions. “And to do that, we are going to start a professional league in 2020, probably in Japan, or even the Philippines.”
To grow the game further, a “Hado Squad” will go on a roadshow around NCAA schools, allowing students to get a taste of it participate in the Hado Pilipinas NCAA Collegiate Cup. The winning team will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Tokyo in December to represent the country at the Hado World Cup, the prize for which is ¥2 million. Outside of the NCAA, Filipinos will be able to try out the game in the Hado Pilipinas Camp, which opens in the last quarter of this year inside the ABS-CBN compound.
The sky is the limit for the future of technosports on a worldwide level, and thanks to their already growing success, Hado hopes to be at the forefront of this venture.
For more information on Hado Pilipinas, visit their Facebook page.