Unit9’s online game allows users to connect to desktop via their smartphone and interact with movie sequences. Created for the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service didn’t make any Oscar nominee lists this year, but the cast alone (Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Sofia Boutella and Michael Caine amongst) was reason enough to draw people in at the box office and get some decent reviews.
The film is an action spy film based on Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar’s comic book, The Secret Service. A dapper veteran secret agent, played by Firth, sees potential in a young protégé and guides him into the world of espionage.
So it is only fitting that a film described as “dapper laughs in thrillingly adolescent 007 pastiche” should have an accompanying online game. In the online experience created by Unit9, users can connect to desktop via their smartphone and interact with the movie sequence.
Click through image to visit the "Become a Kingsman Knight" experience
You start the experience by connecting your smartphone to a desktop and using it to control the action happening on the larger screen. Using touch and swipe action and a virtual compass to control the outcome of missions, you have the opportunity to prove your skills as a potential agent.
“The two devices are linked and can exchange up to 25 interactions per second, so your phone really acts as an extension of the larger screen,” explains Unit9.
The experience is complemented by Firth’s narration as he speaks directly to the user during the mission briefing. You are then instructed to help his character discover hidden data and steal intelligence from the enemy. For instance, in the first mission, “The Rainmaker”, you’re thrown straight into a fight scene from the film, which allows you to fight as Firth himself, using swipe action to kick some ass. Tracing the shapes correctly enables the remainder of the scene to unfold.
As the clock ticks, you must scan the London’s King’s Cross station for suspicious activity, locate the intelligence and slip out of the station unseen by Valentine, played by Samuel L. Jackson.
“Our design team was inspired by the ultramodern gadgets and stylish tailoring that embodies the film’s gentlemanly Kingsman agents,” says Unit9. “We translated the film’s art direction into a design approach to create an experience that feels sharp, smart and immaculate.”
To build this mission, Unit9 developers used the Street View API to capture a high volume of real images from King’s Cross station, retouching a total of 12,000 images individually to add the main characters from the film into the station’s setting.
Our developers ran an export script in Photoshop to create the tile set required for each zoom level. This resulted in a full tile set of 461 images per panorama. All positional data for the markers was loaded with an external JSON, making it easier to tweak and alter.
Unit9 adds: “To be a Kingsman Knight, no matter how briefly, creates a more in depth experience than a traditional trailer can; it gamifies the trailer format and is an exciting and fresh way to market a film to a tech savvy audience.”
Images courtesy of Unit9.
5 March 2015
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