In 2015, The Pokémon Company and Niantic announced it would release an augmented reality game. Currently, there are rumors that the game is set for a summer release. But, it’s only speculation – no official word on this.
The game’s goal is similar to other games in the Pokémon series, but it’s still going to be a little different. The goal is to still catch, train and battle the different Pokémon players come in contact with while they connect to the other players. There have been an array of field tests in Japan, New Zealand and Australia. And, now U.S. fans can take part in the beta test. Beta testers have agreed to a non-disclosure act but some people have still shared information about the game online.
Based on this leaked information, the game’s current build includes 150 of the original Pokémon and an array of portals from the Ingress game, which are noted as being Pokestops.
There’s a bit of information that beta testers have leaked on how to catch Pokémon, and catching them in Pokémon GO is different than in the regular game series. Pokeballs are thrown in all kinds of ways, and wild Pokémon can actually deflect them. On top of that, there’s a percentage chance of capturing a Pokémon – the ball will get bigger and contract to show the chances of capturing the Pokémon. By catching them, players can get an evolution crystal, which when they have enough, their Pokémon will evolve.
Another worthwhile feature is the breeding of Pokémon, Pokémon born from eggs are more powerful than most of the wild Pokémon, but they also have a speed mechanic that restricts how quickly players can move in the game when carrying an egg – too fast and it doesn’t count.
There have been other details released about the Pokémon battles such as the same Pokémon can have an array of movies and one charged attack can result in a lot of damage.