Niantic launches Lightship ARDK globally to let developers build a real-world metaverse

The company will invest $20 M to build the future of AR

Niantic launches its first set of Augmented Reality Developer Kit tools, officially termed Lightship ARDK, for developers intending to build a “Real-World Metaverse”, today. Not only this, but the company also will invest and partner with other companies that share “the same vision for the Real-World Metaverse” and contribute to the global ecosystem they are building.

“Transforming humanity’s relationship with technology by merging the physical and virtual worlds will require the ideas and perspectives of as many people as possible,” said John Hanke, Founder, and CEO of Niantic. “That’s why we’re so excited to open the vault of technology that powers our games, so developers, creators, and brands globally can build inclusive experiences that push the boundaries of what’s possible in AR.”

Niantic launches Lightship ARDK: The developer’s plans with the platform

Lightship ARDK is a part of the Lightship Platform, a cross-platform software development kit that runs seamlessly on billions of Android and iOS devices around the world. It’s the technology to “power up” the stagnations of AR features. In the future, the company plan to make more Lightship Platform features available to developers. Besides, Niantic’s developer studio partners include Curiosity, Designium,, Nexus Studios, Preloaded, Trigger Global, and T&S.

Lightship ARDK has open access for developers around the world

Developers around the world can have access to the first set of the Niantic Lightship Augmented Reality Developer Kit, or ARDK, at Also, the company claims the business model is “developer-friendly”.

While technology giants like Facebook are trying to create their metaverse to confine people in, Niantic is trying to get people out of their homes. As per the plan, they’re continuously building AR games and applications that work only if users do some physical activities, or encourage to do so. The perfect examples are Pokémon Go, Pikmin Bloom, etc. The success of these games shows that AR is not meant to what people think in general, rather it can be used for good causes.

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