Dublin-based WarDucks secures $3.8 million in funding for AR game

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Dublin-based games studio WarDucks has $3.8 million in funding to expand and create an augmented reality (AR) game.

Startup investment fund EQT Ventures led the funding round. WarDucks has hired Doom and Quake creator John Romero as creative consultant to advise on the design of the location-based AR game.

The studio has also brought in Doug Kaufman, who worked on Civilization II and Frontierville, as lead designer, and Lawrence Schick, who contributed to The Elder Scrolls Online and who wrote the classic Dungeons & Dragons adventure White Plume Mountain, as narrative lead.

The funding will be used to help develop the studio’s new location-based AR game and expand its development team.

WarDucks is the latest investment to be discovered by artificial intelligence platform Motherbrain. The proprietary platform, which EQT Ventures uses, digests data to identify and contact startups.

Nikki Lannen, chief executive officer and founder of WarDucks, and previously a senior member of Facebook’s gaming team, founded the studio in 2013 with the aim of creating content for mobile, AR and virtual reality platforms.

“There’s a huge opportunity in AR location-based mobile gaming, which combines the local appeal of real-world maps with engaging gameplay.”

Nikki Lannen, chief executive officer and founder of WarDucks

“There’s a huge opportunity in AR location-based mobile gaming, which combines the local appeal of real-world maps with engaging gameplay,” commented Lannen.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with EQT Ventures as we race towards the launch of our location-based AR game as the team’s extensive mobile gaming experience will be invaluable on the next phase of our journey. The fact that we’ve also had so many top gaming executives from around the world join our team is a testament to the talent and vision of the team we’ve currently got in place.”