​Facebook Messenger Reveals Brand-New Multiplayer AR Games, Available Now

Facebook has introduced a number of augmented reality (AR) video call games for their Facebook Messenger service.

In the past, we've been accustom to the social media platform expressing their passion for all thing virtual reality (VR), so testing out the world of AR was always going to be the next step.

Through a blog post made on Facebook Newsroom [via VRFocus], the company reveals a few important details regarding the new feature - including how many people can play at once and what kind of games are currently on offer.

It says: "Today we're excited to make connecting with your friends in video chat even more fun - and competitive! - with multiplayer video chat AR games. You can play with up to six people at a time, making the gaming experience much more interactive and social."

"With this feature starting to roll out today, you can challenge your friends around the world to two games: see who can hold a serious face the longest with 'Don't Smile', or see who can better navigate their spaceship with 'Asteroids Attack'."

But what does the future hold for the AR system? Well, Facebook plan 'to roll out more games in the coming weeks and months', such as "passing a beach ball back and forth with 'Beach Bump' and a matching cat game with 'Kitten Kraze'."

Interested? Well, the only way to get a proper idea of what it's all about, is to try the games out yourself, so make sure you've got the Messenger app downloaded. Of course, you'll need a Facebook account to do that. Duh.

If you haven't been living under a rock for the last ten years and have A. A Facebook account and B. Set up the Messenger app, you can go ahead and video call one your mates to see the new feature. To do this: press the little star, wait for them to accept the invitation, and away you go.


Just last year over 17 billion Facebook video calls were made, so it's safe to say a fair few people will be giving these games a go. I've never made a FB video call myself, but I might be trying out one of these new games. What have I got to lose, anyway? They're free.

What about you, though? Will you be jumping onto the app to see if you can better you mates at something else, other than FIFA, Fortnite, and PUBG? Let us know.

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Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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