Nostalgia seems to be the theme for the past years. Just recently, we have seen a reunion of the Full House cast (minus a few members) in a Netflix series called Fuller House. The cast of Friends sans Chandler gathered together to honor TV director James Burrows. And in the world of games, we will be witnessing the arrival of the augmented reality game for Android and iPhone, Pokémon GO.
Basically, the concept of GO is to capture Pokemon but in the real world. So you can roam a park and maybe find Pikachu there.
Although the release date for Pokémon GO isn’t exact, it is estimated that the mobile game will be unveiled this year. Rumors have already started about so-called release dates: one claims the game will be released in the US on November 20. Others have said it would be released during Christmas. None of those two rumors came true.
To be fairly honest, there really is no set release date for GO other than the whispers of “sometime in 2016.” However, a closed beta was conducted in winter 2015 and it will feature in GDC 2016.
Pokémon GO at GDC 2016
The GDC is an event gathering industry professionals to learn about online multiplayer games, mobile and next generation technologies. One of the companies with a session is Niantic, the developer of Pokémon GO.
According to the GDC 2016 schedule, Niantic is scheduled for a session on March 14. So surely after that, the entire world will know more about what Pokémon GO is all about. Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke will lead the discussion on his company’s Pokemon offering.
The GDC 2016 schedule says: “Attendees will get a first-hand, in-depth look at how players are interacting and exploring the world with one another through Pokémon GO, the collaborative approach to design and development for the game and the next evolution of augmented reality and real-world mobile gameplay experiences.”
Pokémon GO Plus
This is a companion device that will be clipped on or strapped to the wrist – much like a wristwatch. Although Pokémon GO will work totally fine without this wrist device, Plus does enhance how well you will enjoy the game.
Nintendo is helping out with the development of the Plus device. So far, there is no update on a release date for Plus nor is the pricing information available as well.
The purpose of the Plus device is to allow you to play GO without looking at your mobile device. This is accomplished through the sending of haptic feedback as well as flashing LEDs in different colors. The purpose of doing so is to allow users to experience what’s happening around them.
Plus uses Bluetooth technology to connect to the phone as well as send notifications for events within the game. The device will also feature a button that allows users to do simple actions like catch Pokemon.
More details about the mobile game and its accompanying device, Pokémon GO Plus will be revealed after GDC 2016.