New augmented reality app connects users with their own Daemon, fueling further fan excitement over the Season 2 debut of ‘His Dark Materials’ coming to HBO and HBO Max on November 16.
Leading up to the highly anticipated November 16 launch of His Dark Materials Season 2 on HBO and HBO Max, HBO and Framestore have joined forces to build His Dark Materials: My Daemon, an augmented reality app for iOS and Apple Watch. Users discover their own custom daemon, an animal-like manifestation of one’s inner soul, taking them on an immersive journey through the world of His Dark Materials.
In the show, daemons are unique to each person. Inspired by this idea, the app features many possible combinations of animal type, skin, fur patterns and personality, each of which is determined after each user completes a personality test upon first launching the app.
As a first-of-its-kind entertainment app with wellness benefits, His Dark Materials: My Daemon brings narrative elements from the show into daily life, encouraging users to participate in activities that contribute to overall mind, body and spirit health with their personal daemon guiding them along the way. Users are encouraged to take part in fitness activities like walking or running, as well as other kinds of self-care, such as taking some time to themselves, watching a movie, or reaching out to a friend. The app also integrates with a Watch iOS app to allow users to connect with their daemon through a simplified interface at any time.
His Dark Materials: My Daemon fuels interactions with each user’s daemon through augmented reality characters designed by Framestore, the creative studio responsible for the BAFTA-winning animated characters seen throughout the His Dark Materials series. Created in Unreal Engine 4, the AR characters are some of the most high-fidelity to hit the platform to date. Users can unlock rewards and share interactions with their daemons to social media feeds in the form of photos and videos that show off their companions.
The app detects everyday activity through Apple Health and Spotify, syncing with favorite fitness, sleep, and meditation apps. Daily habits, hobbies and new challenges become fuel to progress further through the journey that is at the heart of the app. The more progress that is made, the happier and healthier the daemon is along the way.
This app can be experienced in three different ways:
CONNECT WITH YOUR DAEMON
In these casual, funny interactions, users tell their daemon how they feel to receive recommendations for personalized activities. Users can connect with their daemon on the Apple Watch, too.
PLAY WITH YOUR DAEMON
This is where unlocked AR animations come to life. Users can let their daemon explore the world around them, getting creative as they capture photos and videos to share online.
JOURNEY WITH YOUR DAEMON
Users of the app can follow the footsteps of His Dark Materials’ characters, like Lyra, by completing a series of curated activities that mirror experiences on the show, connecting with characters including Iorek, Serafina Pekkala, Lee Scoresby, and more.
His Dark Materials: Season 1 is now streaming on HBO Max. The new season premieres November 16 at 9 pm on HBO and HBO Max.
His Dark Materials: My Daemon is available now to download on iOS and Apple Watch devices. The app is also available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland.