If you need a reason to go outside more often, you know, like, in front of your house or something like that, then Niantic, the company behind the augmented-reality massively multiplayer online location-based mobile game (wow) Ingress, has you covered. They just released a first look at the upcoming Pokémon GO game, where you can catch Pokémon in the real world aka outside.
“We’re thrilled to provide a peek into Pokémon GO,” the development team tells us. “Pokémon GO represents the next generation of Niantic’s Real World Gaming platform. This platform combines mobile location technology and augmented reality to create a unique game experience that motivates players to go outside and explore the world around them.”
Okay, so, how does it work? “Players will explore their surroundings to find and catch wild Pokémon. Certain wild Pokémon only appear in their native environments. For example, Water-type Pokémon may only appear near lakes and oceans. Players will walk to hatch previously-acquired eggs that might reveal new Pokémon. Eggs and other special items such as Poké Balls can be acquired at PokéStops – located at interesting places such as public art installations, historical markers, museums and monuments.”
But will there be battles? “Yes, there will be battles. Players will be encouraged to join one of three teams in order to compete over the ownership and prestige of Gyms. They will do this by placing their captured Pokémon in a friendly Gym or by battling with an opponent’s Pokémon in another team’s Gym. Gyms – just like PokéStops – are also found at real world locations.”
And when can I get my hands on Pokémon GO, just give it to me, kudasai! “An early user field test will soon begin in Japan while the game is still in active development. Features, available languages, design and overall appearance are not final. We’re excited to reveal more in the days to come.” Okay, I just sit here and wait, while dreaming of catching Mew on some lonely mountain peak. I’ll be ready.
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