It’s every Pokemon trainer’s dream to travel across the land, searching far and wide for Pokemon. But as they currently exist only in fiction, that’s not yet a possibility.
But perhaps we can get one step closer, with Pokemon Go, a new augmented reality game for iOS and Android.
The trailer was just released, and shows players walking around real life locations, following directions to search for a Pokemon to catch. While little is known so far, here’s what we do know:
Trainers can catch, raise, and trade Pokemon, as well as battle with other trainers they cross paths with, even by surprise. Going by the trailer’s climactic battle with Mewtwo, it seems there will be timed events where multiple players in a single location can work together to defeat and capture legendary Pokemon.
The Pokemon Go Plus will be a wearable device, which vibrates when there’s a Pokemon nearby. That way you can passively play and search for Pokemon, and only break out the phone when there’s a need for it. The device is connected to the phone by Bluetooth, can be worn as a watch or clipped on to something, and can be used to throw Pokeballs to capture Pokemon.
The game uses location-based technology, so it is likely that certain Pokemon will be available only in certain environments
Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Miyamoto are both involved in the game’s creation. Miyamoto also mentioned thinking about Pokemon Snap while making it, although that doesn’t mean we can expect a new Snap any time soon. Or ever. Masuda also mentioned that it may tie into future Pokemon “main series” games, although there are no details on that yet.
While the app won’t be ready until 2016, we have a few small pictures and one video to get excited about. We also know that it will be free-to-play, but offers in-app purchases, as well as the Pokemon Go Plus. Stay tuned for more news as it comes.
You can also watch the Pokemon Go Press Conference below: