Pokémon Go is an upcoming augmented reality game for mobile devices that will be released later this year and the field test started in Japan, at the end of March. Now, The Pokémon Company and Niantic are expanding field test to two more countries: Australia and New Zealand. Players who will sign up to be a part of the field test will provide feedback so that the developers will bring the game to its final form.
Those who are interested in being part of the field test will sign up on Niantic’s website. The only conditions they must meet are to have their domicile in Australia or New Zealand and have a mobile device running on iOS or Android. These players will be selected “based on a variety of factors which may include OS-types, experience in real world games and an element of luck”.
Back in 2012, Niantic has created another augmented-reality MMO game called Ingress and the registration form for the Pokémon Go includes a field for players where they will enter their Ingress username and level.
On the app page it is noted that players will sign a confidentiality agreement, so they won’t share field-test content on the internet. The developer wants to “have an element of surprise for our users at public launch” and this is why it wants to keep things privately.
Pokémon Go will be released alongside the Pokémon Go Plus, which players will wear around their wrists. This small wearable device will connect to an iOS or Android phone via Bluetooth and when a Pokémon is nearby, it will light up and vibrate, in order to notify you.
After capturing a Pokémon, you will train it and send it to battle, or trade it with another virtual Pokémon which will appear in the real world. Even if the game is free to play, you will be tempted to make in-app purchases.
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