Yes, you heard it right! Pokémon GO is officially coming to Android and iOS soon. The game uses Augmented reality (AR) based real world maps that allow the players to catch Pokemon in real-time and train them as well. It also allows the user to trade and buy Pokemon through Pokemon GO Plus.
“For the first time, Pokémon Go will allow users to roam free in the real world”, said John Hanke, founder of Niantic, the company co-developing the game with The Pokémon Company. “Pokémon GO will allow players to capture Pokémon who inhabits parks, shopping areas, sidewalks and the countryside all around the world.”
Pokemon GO will have a device known as Pokemon GO Plus that can be strapped to the user’s hand or can be clipped (whatever eases the player to play the game without looking at their devices). This device makes the game more interesting. The device is rumored to cost around $20 (with hand strap) and $10 (hand clipping). Though, final prices will be revealed after the app launch in 2016 worldwide.
“Usually, Augmented reality games have a hard situation gaining common user acceptance and success”, according to Tech News World.
However, Niantic’s previous AR game Ingress was a great success as the millions of users around the world play it online. We hope that Pokemon GO will also join the same path as the Ingress. Moreover, “Ingress was quite a success attracting users around the world”, said Christine Arrington, senior analyst of games at IHS Technology Arrington. Now with the upper hand, Niantic is applying the same technique in this game also, with a huge nostalgia factor. People who are familiar with AR will find this game interesting just like the 2000s hide-and-seek games. We’ll soon find out that after the worldwide release of Pokemon GO.
The release date of this upcoming anticipated game has not been confirmed yet though (thanks to PC Advisor for making it clear).
Below is the official trailer video of Pokemon GO: