After first being announced back in September, The Pokemon Company has just detailed more about its upcoming augmented reality mobile game Pokemon Go.
Explore the real world
A look at the gameplay.
Here’s more about the game from the company:
Get on your feet and step outside to find and catch wild Pokémon. Explore cities and towns around where you live and even around the globe to capture as many Pokémon as you can. As you move around, your smartphone will vibrate to let you know you’re near a Pokémon. Once you’ve encountered a Pokémon, take aim on your smartphone’s touch screen and throw a Poké Ball to catch it. Be careful when you try to catch it, or it might run away! Also look for PokéStops located at interesting places, such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments, where you can collect more Poké Balls and other items.
In the game, you’ll be able to increase your trainer level and catch more powerful Pokemon to complete a Pokedex.
During the game, players will also need to join one of three teams. After that, you can assign a Pokemon to empty gym locations or where another team member has placed one of their Pokemon.
There will also be a number of challenges to accomplish in the game.
A wild wearable
The optional Pokemon Go Plus connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth.
Interestingly, players can even enjoy the game with an optional wearable device named the Pokemon Go Plus.
It will connect to an iPhone via Bluetooth and notify gamers about events in the game, like a nearby Pokemon appearance, by vibrating and flashing an LED.
You’ll also be able to catch Pokemon or perform other action by pressing the button on the device.
Arriving sometime this year
Currently, the game is receiving an “early field test” only in Japan. The company noted that the features, design, and overall appearance are not final.
When it arrives, sometime this year, the Pokemon Go will be free with a number of in-app purchases available. We’ll let you know if we hear any more information about the game.
Here’s a preview video from the original September launch.