XPLORA and PlayStation® are developing the first video game that converts physical activity into in-game rewards
Walking, running, and involvement in sports result in enhanced enjoyment of Aces of the Multiverse, an upcoming game available on PlayStation®4
Madrid, February 7th, 2019. — XPLORA, the Norwegian technology company known for its smartwatch range for children, has partnered with Sony Interactive Entertainment Spain (SIE España) to develop the very first video game that syncs with a smartwatch, with in-game perks being rewarded for physical activity in the real world.
The XPLORA 3S, the company’s most recent smartwatch for children, features a pedometer that logs exercise – such as walking or running – within an app, and converts it into level-ups, new powers, and new characters that are redeemable in the upcoming PlayStation®4 title ‘Aces of the Multiverse’.
As the first IP owned by XPLORA, the game will encourage players to be more active in their everyday lives. The XPLORA 3S is a smartwatch for children that gives parents and children the ability to communicate in a safe and easy way without compromising security and fun.
The device allows both parents and children to make phone calls and send text messages with emojis to pre-approved contacts via the parental app. Safety zones can also be set by the parent, allowing them to monitor their children’s whereabouts. The XPLORA app (available on iOS and Android) can be used to set time limits for gameplay, receive updates on their children’s physical activity, and track their in-game progress.
Jesús Llamazares, CEO of XPLORA, comments: “This game, the first one owned by XPLORA, encourages children to partake in physical exercise and play outdoors. We want children to be more active and explore the world in a safe way, and we’re very proud to partner with PlayStation® as we aim to make a real change to their lives.”
Jorge Huguet, CMO of PlayStation® Iberia for the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Balkan areas, adds: “By merging technology, a healthy lifestyle, and safety, we and XPLORA are creating a new multimodal entertainment experience that can be enjoyed both outdoors and when you get home and turn your PS4™ on. We are looking forward to seeing how these two dimensions of our players’ lives come together and create new synergies.”
The XPLORA 3S device, along with the rest of its portfolio of products, will be available for a hands-on demo at the XPLORA stand (8.0H37) at the Mobile World Congress 2019 held in Barcelona, 25th-28th February. There will be an Aces of the Multiverse demo available later this year and the game will be released in Spain in late 2019.
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ABOUT PLAYSTATION® TALENTS
Launched in 2015 by Sony Interactive Entertainment Spain, the PlayStation® Talents program aims to unify all the initiatives put together by the local Spanish branch in order to develop the Spanish creativity.
The goal of the PlayStation Talents program is to support the local industry as well as to create video games fully developed in Spain to be sold around the globe.
The PlayStation Talents program is formed by:
Two educational areas: PlayStation® Futuros Talentos and PlayStation® First
The PlayStation® Awards, aimed at independent studios.
PlayStation® Games Camp, a business incubator that is present in Madrid, Sevilla, Bilbao, Valencia, Málaga, and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
PlayStation® Alianzas, where different projects with well-known local studios that have been sold overseas come together.
More information at: http://www.playstationtalents.es/
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PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. The PlayStation family of products and services include PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation®Vita, PlayStation®3, PlayStation™Store, PlayStation®Plus, PlayStation™Video, PlayStation™Music, PlayStation™Now, PlayStation™Vue, and acclaimed PlayStation software titles from SIE Worldwide Studios. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, SIE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation and has global functions in California, London, and Tokyo.
Jonas “O.J” Ek
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