Pokemon trainers and mobile gamers have been patiently awaiting Pokemon Go, a mobile AR game from Nintendo and Niantic. Unfortunately, the wait continues, but we’ve received our first look at the actual gameplay.
The video was taken from a panel at SXSW, in which John Hanke, Niantic’s CEO, revealed footage from the game. We see a trainer on a world map, with the Pokemon’s location appearing nearby, and it zooms in to engage the Pokemon in battle. Augmented reality placed the Pokemon in the camera’s field of vision, and would move with the camera.
Catching a Pokemon seems to be done by flicking the ball from the screen towards them, with similar shake and lock mechanics as the video games. Poke Balls, Great Balls, Ultra Balls, and yes, even a Master Ball are available, though we don’t yet know if there are any others.
Also of note is that when the Pokemon is caught, the catch screen shows that it has a crystal. The use and purpose of these crystals is not yet known, though it is theorized that it’s an in-game currency.
This is all we have on Pokemon Go for now, but keep an eye on G33k-HQ for more news as it’s revealed!
Source: Nintendo Inquirer