Edited by: Cameron Allan
The wait is almost over my fellow trainers. Niantic, Inc. has vaguely confirmed the release of Pokémon GO on iPhone and Android devices for some time this year. Although unspecific, rumour has it that GO will see itself released come the franchises 20th anniversary, or very soon after.
Niantic, Inc. is a software development company best known for creating Ingress, an online location-based game released in 2012, which allowed players to capture portals at locations of cultural significance. Much like Ingress, Pokémon GO is an augmented reality mobile game being created by the very same dev team. The Pokémon Company and Nintendo will also be contributing a cool $30 million to further fund the Pokémon GO project.
The game will be set in our very own world, encouraging players to explore beyond their own neighborhoods and across their own borders, for virtual Pokémon. Founder of Niantic labs, John Hanke, stated, “If we’re going to build a game that works with location, it has to be fun for people anywhere to play, in small towns as well as in San Francisco”.
From sidewalks to shopping malls, players can battle, capture, train and trade Pokémon, whilst interacting with other people. Being able to battle your friends, and meet new real-life trainers along the way, gives the player a more rewarding virtual reality experience.
Players will be able to catch Pokémon of varying levels and have the option to use items, such as potions and different kinds of Pokéballs.
Nintendo is also releasing Pokémon GO Plus, which acts as an additional external peripheral to the main game. This is an optional device that alerts the player with LED and vibration when a Pokémon is nearby, when an upcoming event emerges, or a when a variety of other notifications appear, you know, in the off chance that you’re notlooking at your smartphone. The wearable wristband device connects to your phone via Bluetooth and with the press of a button, allows players to effortlessly catch wild Pokémon as they come across them. Lucky for us, the game itself will be free, but it does have plans to support in-app purchases.
Check out the Pokémon GO trailer here:
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