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Live your combats from the front row with augmented reality

Meet your gladiators face-to-face. Live an epic battle from the front row. Now’s your chance to step into the arena in augmented reality.

The crowd roars for blood. The clangs of steel-on-steel are the only sounds that break the nervous silence, as your companions and competitors jostle for position in the dark passageway. Slowly, the wooden gates begin to creak open, the sunlight reflecting off the gladiators’ armour like flashes of mercury filing out into the arena.

You’re in Ancient Rome. You’re looking down into the great colosseum. You’re in a coffee shop, watching a legendary gladiator battle play out on the tabletop in front of you.

Augmented reality is the future of mobile gaming, and Gladiator Heroes has become one of the first mobile games to implement it using iOS 11’s new ARkit.

You can now watch your battles in real-life settings, whether it’s in miniature on a table, or life-sized on the street; you can get a full, 360-degree view of the fight, or move in close to the action.

Plus, with the unique combination of Apple’s ARkit and ReplayKit, you can become the director of your own combats. Shoot, save and share your gameplay with fellow lanistae around the world.

The addition of augmented reality to Gladiator Heroes has been one of our biggest projects to date: last month, our development team were among just a handful selected to attend a special ARkit workshop at Apple’s Paris headquarters.

From there, they’ve developed two ways for you to immerse yourself in the game; by viewing battles in real-life settings, or by placing their gladiators in various poses.

With both options, you can physically move around to see your gladiators, and their battles, from all angles.

What you do in life echoes in virtual reality, so charge up your phone, aim and shoot; the fight has begun.

How to use augmented reality in Gladiator Heroes

Getting iOS 11

First, make sure you’ve got Apple’s latest operating system installed on your device. The software is available for the iPhone 6S and up, as well as the 6th-generation iPod Touch, and the latest iPads.

Update Gladiator Heroes

Go to the App Store and update to version 1.9.2 of Gladiator Heroes.

How to see your gladiator in AR

Go to the gladiator residence and select the gladiator you’d like to see in augmented reality. Press the AR icon on the right-hand side of your gladiator. Move your phone over a flat, clear surface to initiate the AR. You can rotate your gladiator with two fingers, make him bigger or smaller, and change his pose or position.

How to see your battle in AR

Place your gladiators into the arena. Select the AR button in the top right-hand side and move your device slightly to activate AR. Scale and reposition the arena to where you’d like it, and start the battle! You can move in on different characters during the fight to get close to the action, or physically rotate around the battle.

How to record your battles in AR

Before opening the AR function, select ‘record combat’ from the top right-hand corner. Once the battle finishes, you will have the option of replaying, saving or sharing your video.

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What to do before contacting Gladiator Heroes user support

Not sure how to play the game? Or maybe you’re being affected by a bug? Following the global launch, our support team have been inundated with thousands of daily messages. So, if you don’t want to wait, here’s what to do to solve your problem as soon as possible.

 

Q: I don’t understand part of the game.

A: Want to know how to level up your gladiators, how skills work, or how to get more resources? We’ve got all of that information and more in our Wiki and in our FAQs. If you still can’t find the answer to your question, try asking other players in our Facebook group here. If all else fails, then get in touch with us via Facebook message.

Q: I made a purchase in the game but never received it.

A: In very few cases the server takes a little while to credit your purchase. If, after a few hours, you still haven’t received your items, please contact user support via the form in the game, making sure you attach a copy of your receipt. Following the global launch, the user support team has been inundated with thousands of general enquiries, but are prioritising purchase enquiries above these. However, it may still take a few days for them to respond to your message, check the game data and restore your purchase. Please wait for a reply from the support team in this case, and don’t send additional follow-up messages to the Facebook page or email. Thank you for your patience!

Q: I closed the game during the forge tutorial and now I’ve lost my forge.

A: If you close the game during a tutorial, it won’t save your progress and will assume you haven’t reached the tutorial, reset, and force you to do it again. It’s very important that you do not close the game during the forge tutorial and follow it until the end. When you enter the forge tutorial, the game will automatically ‘gift’ you five new weapons; one to forge, and four to forge it with. You will NOT lose your own weapons through this tutorial, so please don’t try to exit the game.

If the forge doesn’t provide you with these five weapons to forge, you need to go to your armoury and sell all the scrap. Once your armoury is free of scrap, you can re-enter the forge tutorial and continue the game.

Q: The ‘Games of Glory’ video is repeating over and over again. How can I make it stop?

A: This is a small bug we’ve found to be affecting about 0.02% of players. We believe it is actually a connectivity error, where your device cannot maintain a strong enough internet connection to save game data to the server. While we are working on a solution for this issue, here are a few things you can try:

  • Find a stronger, more reliable internet connection to get through this tutorial so that the game can save to the server
  • Turn on your device’s flight mode then open the game. Turn off flight mode while in the game.
  • Turn off your game’s internet connection and continue playing offline while we work to resolve the issue. You will not be able to access multiplayer offline.
  • Making sure you’re connected via Facebook, delete and reinstall the game. You shouldn’t lose any progress.

Q: My game is lagging or freezing in loading pages.

A: Please make sure you have the current version (1.7.3) installed. It includes many performance improvements. Otherwise, make sure you have enough memory on your device and close background apps.

Q: I’m experiencing another sort of bug/issue.

A: Make sure you have the latest version (1.7.3) installed. Close the app completely, and restart your device. If the problem persists, contact the game support team via the in-game app. As they are currently inundated by thousands of messages per day, please expect a wait of three to four days for a response. Thanks for your patience!

Q: I want to reset my game and start from the beginning.

A: We currently don’t offer the option to reset games to the beginning, as this could corrupt your data in future games. We will be happy to give you tips on how to improve your game if you’re not happy with it, however.

Q: There are hackers at the top of the game rankings.

A: Build a game, and the hackers will come. We’re aware of these suspicious accounts and will be setting aside one day per week to remove them. Keep in mind that account termination takes a bit of time – not only do we have to locate the accounts, we then have to verify that they are illegitimate, and take steps to block them in future. The ranking data then takes anywhere from a few hours to a day to refresh worldwide.

Q: What is ‘value’ building?

A: This is a small text error affecting a few players at this time. Value refers to the training ground corresponding to your gladiator (i.e. sword and shield training ground, two-hands training ground).

Q: How do I get stone if I can’t build a quarry yet?

A: Even if you can’t build the quarry, there are still a few options for you to get stone.

  • Starting at mission 38 in the world map, you will earn stone whenever you finish a mission.
  • If your fame level is high enough, the map challenges that you can find alongside missions will also reward you with stone.
  • You will earn stone by levelling up your city.
  • You can always buy the resources you need with gems.

It’s recommended that you prioritise upgrading the Caravan in order to access mission 38 and further.

Q: How can I get gems without paying for them?

A: Yes, yes – there’s the option to buy gems in the game for those who want to pay. But, we’ve endeavoured to make a game that can still be played without having to spend any ‘real world’ money. Every few hours the chests on the map, full of free gems, are refreshed. Make sure you scour the whole map for chests – even areas that you haven’t yet conquered! You can also get gems from chests post-battle – just make sure you watch the video advertising to get more keys. You’ll also receive larger amounts of gems as a reward when you update your city, or by exchanging tokens for chests in the merchant.

The next Gladiator Heroes Update has Arrived

Months in the making and weeks of waiting; finally the next Gladiator Heroes update is here!

We’ve been dropping hints across our social media channels and in chats with fans about what the next round of improvements will include, and it’s now time for all you excited lanistae to get back into the game and test out the new features.

We’ve outlined what this update includes below; don’t forget to send us your feedback and discuss the changes with other lanistae on our social channels!

A revolutionised multiplayer system with better prizes to boot

You’ll now have more to aim for in multiplayer battles, with a ticket system being introduced to allow your gladiators to fight at a higher level and gain better rewards.

Your gladiators will emerge victorious from their multiplayer duels with a set of tickets in hand, varying in value according to combat difficulty. You then use these tickets to send your gladiators into higher-ranked battles; the more difficult the battle, the higher reward value.

These new, multiplayer rewards come in the form of tokens – gold, silver or wood – which you can then use to purchase chests in the new merchant shop. They’ll contain multiple prizes and resources, rather than just the singular prizes received in the chests of old.

New combats added to the map

A rival lanista is infringing on your city limits. Take on his gladiators in battle, and your victories will echo throughout eternity!

On the regular map, we’ve added a new combat system where you’ll be able to take on rival gladiators at varying difficulty levels. Just like with the multiplayer system, you’ll receive gold, silver or wood tokens to use in the merchant shop.

Forge your legendary status

Since the introduction of the forge, lanista from across Ancient Rome have been sharpening and shining their gladiators’ weapons, making them close to invincible in battle.

Now, you’ll need to win special forge stones to be able to fuse weapons and armour; giving them – and your gladiators – higher rankings.

Reward repairs

Your battle rewards will now be saved as soon as you earn them, avoiding rare cases where they were sometimes lost if the app was closed.

Plus, we’re making the rewards screen a little more exciting; adding a few bells and whistles to make your wins just that little bit extra special.

A lanista knows best

In Ancient Rome, citizens relied on public graffiti to keep up-to-date with the daily news. Luckily for our modern-day lanistae, news and information can be received in real-time across our Gladiator Heroes social media channels.

Be the first to know about new updates, get exclusive video content, and chat live with our developers on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels.

What we learnt from the Gladiator Heroes live Facebook chat

More levels, a new combat system and lanistae with wild imaginations; those are just some of the things we took out of our first live developers chat, held in the Gladiator Heroes Players group on Facebook this week.

The one-hour chat gave Spanish fans the chance to ask questions, send feedback and share their ideas for the future of the game.

“We were absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response”, said César Ríos, lead game developer, “Player feedback is an important part of how we design the game.”

 

For those of you who didn’t take part in the chat or just don’t understand the language, never fear; we’ve got a breakdown of the whole thing right here.


Multiplayer, multiplayer, multiplayer

The multiplayer system is a topic that lanistae are serious about. The ability to fight in real time, join clans and exchange resources with other players was a suggestion that came up multiple times.

Well, there’s good news for those of you who like a bit of teamwork; there are plans in the pipeline that will allow lanistae to fight alongside (and against) other gladiators in clans, as well as exchange materials and chat with other players.

It was also revealed that the next update, which will arrive to your iOS and Android devices sometime next week, will include a new prize system, with your winner’s bounty changing depending on the level of the multiplayer combat. These prizes can then be used in a new, fixed city building, which we will explain further on.

More levels to keep your Gladiators fighting

While they won’t come with the next update, sometime within the next few months we will be adding up to 70 new levels to the map.

The new combats will see lanistae send their gladiator to gushing waterfalls, seaside ruins and an other-worldly, suspended lair; where you can defeat your opponents by pushing them off the edge, or activate the ‘stone feet’ skills to stop them from pushing you!

 

If you’ve already made it to level 79, the last combate currently available on the main map in this edition, the next update will come with another combat system.

As a rival lanistae moves into your territory, you can take on his fighters in varying difficulty levels. The higher the level, the better the prize, and these prizes, just like in the new multiplayer system, can be used in a special new shop…

New gladiator types

While the next update will introduce a new, rival lanisate impeding on your city limits, the developers have future plans to incorporate both sexes into all gladiator classes. That means male dual weapons fighters, and female sword and shield, two-hands and spear gladiatrices.

Future updates could also come with the possibility of facing wild animals and mythical beasts in combat, rather than just other gladiators.

The keys to the treasure chest

So you’ve had a go at the new combat and multiplayer systems, and now you’ve got wooden, silver and golden coins on your hands. What to do? These battle prizes can be used in a new, fixed merchant shop in your city, where you can purchase chests of varying quality levels.

Our lanistae will echo in eternity

With so many ideas for new updates being thrown around our developers’ studio, feedback and ideas from our players are so valuable; they help us sort the golden nuggets from the dirt.

So here’s a word of thanks to our fans, our players, and every lanista currently training up his gladiators for glory – you are what makes Gladiator Heroes better every day.

Got more feedback or questions for the developers? Just like our Facebook page here, where you can get in touch with us or participate in future chats.

Tu feedback sobre Gladiator Heroes nos importa

Si eres un gamer serio, o sólo un jugador casual, sabrás que enviar feedback a grandes empresas de videojuegos a veces te puede hacer sentir como si estuvieras hablando a la pared. ¿Realmente les importa lo que creo? ¿Reciben mis ideas?

Desde su concepción, Gladiator Heroes ha sido desarrollado y mejorado basado en el feedback de nuestros usuarios.

‹‹Cuando los jugadores nos dijeron que querían multijugador, añadimos multijugador›› dice César Ríos, jefe del equipo de desarrollo del juego ‹‹Cuando nos pidieron una forja, añadimos una forja.››

Varias actualizaciones han sido planeadas en camino al lanzamiento global, todas basadas en las ideas de nuestros jugadores.

‹‹Estamos muy abiertos a que vosotros nos propongáis cambios o mejoras en las características del juego para añadirlas›› añade Ríos.

Es cierto, no todo ha sido pan comido desde que empezamos a trabajar en el juego, hace más de dos años.

Nuestro equipo es pequeño – sólo cuatro programadores y cuatro artistas – y ha tenido que desarrollar varios parches para arreglar bugs y errores. Ahora mismo están trabajando en una solución para algunos usuarios cuyas canteras no producen piedra.

‹‹Sentimos mucho las molestias›› cuenta Adrián Mesa, programador del juego ‹‹Siendo un equipo pequeño, a veces pequeños parches pueden tardar tiempo en hacerse.››

‹‹Tan pronto como encontremos la solución, publicaremos un parche para corregir este bug.››

Sin embargo, hay una solución para los usuarios de Android quienes se han quedado pillado en una pantalla llena de nubes mientras intentan acceder al mapa de combates.

‹‹Accede al menú de opciones que está en la ciudad; el primer icono al desplegar la bandera›› Mesa explica ‹‹Selecciona gráficos y pon la opción de sombras en ‘off’. Intenta acceder al mapa de nuevo.››

Este jueves 23 de febrero a las 16:00 (hora peninsular), nuestros desarrolladores hablarán en el grupo de Facebook Gladiator Heroes Players, contestando vuestras preguntas en tiempo real.

Dejanos tu feedback sobre los gráficos y estética del juego o el gameplay, o sólo pide consejos sobre cómo derrotar a The Undertaker en el combate 60 – sea lo que sea, esta será tu oportunidad de charlar con nosotros – y con otros jugadores – para seguir creando un juego mejor.

Why your Feedback on Gladiator Heroes Matters to Us

Whether you’re an avid mobile gamer or just an occasional fan, sending feedback to big gaming companies can often feel like talking to a brick wall. Do they really care what I think about a game? Are my ideas noticed?

From its very conception, Gladiator Heroes has been developed and improved based on user feedback.

“When initial players said: ‘we want multiplayer’, we added multiplayer”, recounts César Ríos, development team lead for the game, “When they said they wanted a forge, we added a forge”.

Several updates have been planned for the coming months before the global launch, all based on the feedback and ideas of our users.

“We’re really open for everyone to propose changes or improvements in the characteristics of the game ,” adds Ríos.

Of course, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing since the game was first started over two years ago.

Our small team – just four programmers and four artists – have had to develop several patches to fix bugs and errors in the game. Right now, they’re working on a solution for some users whose quarries aren’t producing stone.

“We really regret any inconveniences caused,” says Adrián Mesa, game programmer, “Being a small team, new patches sometimes take time”.

“As soon as we find a solution, we will publish a patch to correct this bug.”

There is a solution, however, for Android users who’ve been stuck on a loading screen with clouds while trying to access the missions map.

“Got to to the options menu in the city; the first option when opening the dropdown,” Mesa explains, “Go to graphics, and set shadows as ‘off’, then try to access the map again.”

This Thursday, February 23 at 4pm, our developers will be chatting in the Gladiator Heroes Players Facebook group; answering user questions directly and in real-time.

From feedback on art, to gameplay, to problems with the game and finally taking out the Undertaker, we’re inviting fans to chat with us – and each other – about their thoughts on the game, hopefully creating a better experience in future.

Gladiator Heroes is in Soft Launch

The latest title from Genera Games is now in soft launch in Australia, New Zealand and Spain. This original combination of RPG and city building will have you on the edge of your seat.

Build, manage, and defend your empire by recruiting and training the best team of gladiators and managing your resources. Set out to discover new lands and unlock a variety of epic arenas, from the sweltering desert to the frozen tundra.

Gladiator Heroes offers never before seen gameplay and a challenging progression that will have you coming back for more. Get it free for iOS in Australia and New Zealand, or on Android or iOS in Spain, and follow us on Facebook for updates on the global launch!