A new Pokemon game has been announced for mobile, letting you travel the real world and catch Pokemon, all through your phone. While a bit of imagination may be required, the trailer and the potential experience ahead brings a touch of magic.
“Get ready for an all-new Pokémon experience! Pokémon GO opens a universe of Pokémon to find, catch, trade, and battle on your iPhone or Android device! With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO will use real location information to allow players to experience catching, trading, and battling Pokémon.”
As for the magic part, of course you won’t physically see Pokemon in the car park of your local Tesco or Walmart, but you will on your phone, and the idea of getting out on the street to search for rare Pokemon and trade with your friends, brings great physical and social benefits.
A small device called a Pokémon GO Plus will enable Pokémon GO players to enjoy the game even when they’re not looking at their smartphone. The device connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth and notifies the player about events in the game—such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby—using an LED and vibration. In addition, players can catch Pokémon or perform other simple actions by pressing the button on the device. Pokémon GO Plus is being developed and manufactured by Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Pokémon GO is being developed by Niantic, Inc. Originally founded by Google Earth co-creator John Hanke as a start-up within Google, Niantic is known for creating Ingress, the augmented reality mobile game that utilizes GPS technology to fuel a sci-fi story encompassing the entire world. Ingress currently has 12 million downloads worldwide.
Pokemon Go will be available in 2016 for Android and iPhone phones.
Go catch. Go trade. Go battle. Go play together. Go unite.