Do we even need to introduce Pokémon to you? Whether you’re a fan of the show, the video game, or still have a massive stack of playing cards buried in a drawer somewhere, you’ve probably already heard about Nintendo’s latest release: Pokémon Go, an augmented reality smartphone game.
Scheduled for release later in July, the game will allow players to catch and battle their very own Pokémon – which we’re sure you’ll agree sounds like the ultimate fan’s dream. Here’s everything we know about the app so far!
So what exactly is Pokémon Go? An AR (augmented reality) game where the real and virtual worlds collide - using real locations, players will be able to search for and catch wild Pokémon. The best part? Like in the game, different types will be found in different areas, so you’ll only be able to catch water-type Pokémon if you’re near a body of water. The game will use geolocation from your phone to determine where you are in the world, and what wild Pokémon to show you.
Here’s what the game’s creators have to say about it:
“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.”
Basically, you will become a Pokémon trainer, complete with a virtual alter-ego in customised outfits – which we’re hoping will include Ash’s iconic hat… Have a look at the official video trailer to picture what the game will look like:
No official date has been announced just yet – however, it’s very likely the app will become available to download sometime in July, as the Beta Testing phase ends on 30th June (that’s today!) We’ll update this as soon as we know the exact date, so keep an eye out.
The game will be available to download for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and will remain free to play, with additional items and features requiring in-app purchases using “PokéCoins”, the in-game currency. Users will be able to purchase PokéCoins using real money, then spend the virtual money on extra items.
On top of being able to catch Pokémon on their smartphone, die-hard fans will also be treated to a fantastic piece of wearable tech – the Pokémon Go Plus. The device will allow players to be part of the game even when their smartphone is not in their hand, by connecting via Bluetooth and sending notifications about events happening in the game. When a Pokémon appears, the Go Plus will vibrate and light up; users can also catch Pokémon simply by pressing on the wearable’s button.
The Go Plus is already available for pre-order and is expected to be released on July 31st.