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Xbox Launches Sunset Overdrive with Augmented Reality Experiential Event in Canary Wharf

Xbox is using augmented reality digital out of home in a global campaign to promote the launch of new open world game, Sunset Overdrive.Conceived by Xbox and Dentsu Aegis, and produced by digital out of home specialist Grand Visual, the campaign will see an augmented reality (AR) execution installed as part of an experiential event at Canary Wharf in London. The activation forms part of the international campaign that also features AR activity in San Francisco and Melbourne during the week of the game’s worldwide launch.
Available exclusively on the Xbox One, Sunset Overdrive is an open world third-person shooter set in the fictional metropolis of Sunset City in the year 2027. The game requires players to tackle legions of mutants — created when people consumed a new energy drink called Overcharge Delirium XT — and team up with other survivors to escape the city.
The creative for the campaign draws on key aspects of Sunset Overdrive’s story and gameplay to create a digital out of home AR experience that conveys the dynamism and excitement of the game. Each of the three international activations is based on a similar concept, but creative has been tailored to the specific country, location, and screen environment.
In the UK, the activity will take place at Canary Wharf where Grand Visual is working with Dentsu Aegis, JCDecauxLive, and Russell Signs to create a special build site that incorporates a large LCD screen into a purpose built crate. Creative for the Canary Wharf activation features four different augmented reality concepts played in a loop.
Members of the public will be presented with an immersive experience in which hordes of mutants will appear to come to life in front of their eyes. Creative will also feature an image of the Overcharge Delirium XT energy drink, the game poster, and game release date information. The UK activity started on the 27th October and continues until 31st.
Lydia Osborne, Dentsu Aegis said of the UK event:

“Xbox has pushed the boundaries with this unique execution. We are breaking the conventions of Canary Wharf, a key London business hub, by surprising commuters with the action and excitement of Sunset Overdrive. Bringing the characters to life by pushing the limits of augmented reality and merging Sunset Overdrive into the real world. We are incredibly proud and excited to be developing such ambitious and market leading campaigns with Microsoft on a global scale, while incorporating a local approach in the UK.”
Activity in San Francisco and Melbourne will also use interactive screens and augmented reality to create scenes in which crazed mutants appear to swarm streets and rail stations. The San Francisco activity begins 27th October and will run for four weeks. The Melbourne activation will run from 30th October through to 3rd November.
Speaking about the global campaign, Dan Dawson, Creative Technology Director of Grand Visual, said:

“What this campaign demonstrates is that the proliferation of interactive screens offers brands and agencies an international canvas for creating engaging digital out-of-home campaigns. This campaign has made full use of Grand Visual’s global teams, our knowledge of the worldwide DOOH landscape, and our experience in interactivity and augmented reality. The result is multiple immersive activations, born from a single concept, that will be experienced by people on three continents simultaneously.”
Via: OMC

XBOX Launches Sunset Overdrive with Augmented Reality DOOH campaign

Xbox is using augmented reality digital out of home in a global campaign to promote the launch of new open world game, Sunset Overdrive.
Conceived by Xbox and Empowering Media, and produced by Grand Visual, the campaign sees augmented reality (AR) DOOH executions taking place in San Francisco, London, and Melbourne during the week of the game’s worldwide launch.
Available exclusively on Xbox One, Sunset Overdrive is a stylised open-world shooter set in the fictional metropolis of Sunset City in the year 2027. The game requires players to transform the open-world into their tactical playground by grinding, vaulting and wall-running across the city while using a devastating, unconventional arsenal to save Sunset City starting 28th October.
The creative for the campaign draws on key aspects of Sunset Overdrive’s story and gameplay to create a digital out of home AR experience that conveys the dynamism and excitement of the game. Each of the three international activations is based on a similar concept, but creative has been tailored to the specific country, location, and screen environment.
The San Francisco activity — launched on 27th October and active for four weeks — appears on ten of Clear Channel Outdoor’s touch-screen equipped bus shelters. One screen features an augmented reality activation that shows mutants appearing to run amok in the street. Bus travellers are drawn into the world of the game as hordes of mutants appear to jump off the rooftops and out of the windows onto the sidewalk adjacent to the bus shelter. Creative also features an image of energy drink Overcharge Delirium XT (a key element of the game’s backstory), the game poster, and release date information.
The remaining nine San Francisco sites are touch screen sites displaying exclusive game content. Users are able to interact with the screen to select the content they wish to see.
“The Xbox team was thrilled with the opportunity to provide a truly immersive experience for our fans, bringing the open world of Sunset City into the real world in a unique, compelling and memorable way,” said Julie Lowe, Xbox Group Marketing Manager, Global MarCom.
In the UK, activity is taking place at Canary Wharf where Grand Visual has worked with Dentsu Aegis Network (Carat and Posterscope), JCDecauxLive, and Russell Signs to create a special build site that incorporates a large LCD screen into a purpose built crate. Creative for the UK activity features four different augmented reality concepts played in a loop. Much like the San Francisco AR activation, members of the public are presented with an immersive experience in which game characters appear to come to life in front of their eyes. The UK activity started 27th October and continues until 31st October.
The Australian element of the campaign will feature a single augmented reality DOOH execution on a JCDecaux Innovate screen situated in Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. Again, the creative will feature the mutant horde, but this time members of the public will think they are looking through a window and witnessing the mutant mob overrun the station. That activity will run from 30th October through to 3rd November, coinciding with the popular gaming Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) at the Melbourne Convention Centre.
Speaking about the global campaign, Dan Dawson, Creative Technology Director of Grand Visual, said:

What this campaign demonstrates is that the proliferation of interactive screens offers brands and agencies an international canvas for creating engaging digital out-of-home campaigns. This campaign has made full use of Grand Visual’s global teams, our knowledge of the worldwide DOOH landscape, and our experience in interactivity and augmented reality. The result is multiple immersive activations, born from a single concept, that will be experienced by people on three continents simultaneously.

Clear Channel Outdoor Creates Interactive Football Game at Cannes

Clear Channel Outdoor, the out-of-home media owner, has created an interactive football game to tie in with the World Cup, which will be played out on a giant screen during Cannes Lions.
The game, called ‘Le Grand Kick’, is powered by mobile interactive technology and will be played on a digital outdoor rooftop screen, equivalent in size to two double-decker buses, on top of the Grand Hotel in Cannes.
Attendees at the Cannes Lions can take a virtual “penalty kick” using their mobile phones to log into the game and swipe their screens to take a shot.
The OOH media owner worked with the digital production company Grand Visual as well as the experiential marketing agency CURB to bring the game to the Cannes Festival.
The company said the screen is the biggest digital outdoor rooftop screen in the world, standing at 16.8 metres wide by 4.8 metres high, and it is positioned on the roof of the 12-storey Grand Hotel, making it visible across the bay, day and night.
‘Le Grand Kick’ will pit creatives against advertisers and media owners. Clear Channel Outdoor will create a live football league to keep track of the results, with the day’s highest scorers appearing on the screen each day.
Players can register to play at Clear Channel Outdoor screens placed around the festival and they will also be able to “sign up” for a World Cup qualifying country and compete for a national team.
Via: Media Week