New app offers Pokemon Go-style tour of Melbourne

A free phone app similar to Pokemon GO will be developed to take tourists to different places around Melbourne and lead them on a historical tour.

The state government is contributing $950,000 towards the development of the 64 Ways of Being app, set to be launched in 2020.

Similar to Pokemon GO, users of the app will see an augmented version of the reality around them. So when users look at their phones, they might see an existing Melbourne landmark light up, or a character appear explaining what they are looking at.

"We all know Victoria is the country’s most creative state," Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley said. "Australians, our visitors,  and locals will all be able to have a completely new and different experience of augmented reality here in Melbourne’s iconic venues, like laneways."

The app will be designed to be used in central Melbourne, as well as the Maribyrnong, Port Phillip, Yarra and Stonnington council areas, with the aim of expanding it across the state.

Dr Troy Innocent, an artist and contributor to the project, said the app was a way to explore different layers of reality and tell stories of cultural and historical significance.

"Locations across inner Melbourne will be mapped, activated and played," he said. "This game invites reflection and dialogue on the economic, social, cultural and historical processes that have shaped and continue to shape our city."

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