Augmented reality ‘Pokemon Go’ mobile game coming in 2016
The Pokemon Company has released an announcement trailer for “Pokemon Go,” a mobile game for iOS and Android devices that allows the player to find their favorite pocket monsters in the real world.
Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have teamed up with augmented reality mobile game developer Niantic to make this app possible. Fans of the series will be able to download the app for free and use it to search for virtual Pokemon by going to real locations. The app will make use of the device’s camera to spot each Pokemon for the gamer. Little is known about the full extent of the game’s features, but players will be able to catch, trade, and battle the Pokemon that they find.
A Pokemon Go Plus smartwatch is being developed by Nintendo, so gamers players can find nearby monsters without having to use the app. When a Pokemon is close to the user, the watch will alert them by lighting up and vibrating. Although “Pokemon Go” is free, gamers will have to pay for the watch.
Many fans of the “Pokemon” series are excited that they will have the chance to venture out into the real world as a Pokemon trainer, but it could be a costly adventure. The app may be free, but the game will have microtransactions for the gamer to pay money for various in-game features. Nintendo has yet to release information on the microtransactions that will be featured in “Pokemon Go.” However, if it’s similar to Nintendo’s last “Pokemon” game, “Pokemon Shuffle,” the user may be limited to playing only a small amount of the game each day unless they pay money for more playtime.
“Pokemon Go” doesn’t have a release date, but Nintendo says it will be made available sometime next year. Many have speculated that the game will be released for the 20th anniversary of the “Pokemon” franchise in February 2016.
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