Back in September 2015, The Pokémon Company was announcing its collaboration with mobile developer Niantic for the development of an augmented reality game based on its famous Pokémon franchise. Since then, new details about Pokémon Go have surfaced on the internet, but its release date wasn’t known. Well, now we know that Pokémon Go will be released in July, on the two major mobile platforms, Android and iOS, as Nintendo made the announcement at the E3 gaming expo.
Nintendo has also specified that players will be able to trade monsters, but they won’t be available when the game will be launched in July. As for the upcoming games Pokémon Sun and Moon, which will be released in November and which will be played on the Nintendo 3DS portable console, they will have integration with the PokeBank, so they will be compatible with the previous Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow.
In Pokémon Go, players will explore their cities and they will hunt Pokémon. They will carry their phones with them and when they will spot these creatures in the wild (using AR technology), they will catch them. Then, they’ll train these creatures in Gyms or they will take care of Pokémon eggs that they’ll find in special places of interest (museums and monuments) until they will hatch.
Players will need a special wearable called Pokémon GO Plus which will connect to their iOS or Android phones via Bluetooth and when a Pokémon will be nearby, the device will vibrate and use a flashing light to alert the user. This wearable will cost $34.99 and will be released after the launch of the game.
When the Pokémon will be located, the player will press a button on the Pokémon GO Plus in a coded sequence and will catch the creature, which will be verified later using the application. Tethr is a third party developer who offers players a location based application called “Chat for Pokemon Go – GoChat”, which allows them to post and send messages to other players within their area.