GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL!
Are you ready to hunt Pokemon on your mobile device? Well, Nintendo is finally embracing the smartphone world. Pokemon Go is a augmented reality location based game by The Pokemon Company, and Niantic Labs.
Locate Pokemon in the real world, on your phone.
It will be available for iOS and Android, and is a perfect fit for Nintendo’s Pokemon brand. Lots of pocket monsters, and lots of smartphones in those pockets! Nintendo has the right idea to attempt this kind of gaming experience.
A neat little gadget to accompany the game called Pokemon Plus, will inform players of their surrounding with vibration.
Pokemon Go is by no means original. Niantic Labs the former Google company successfully built a large following of gamers with AR game Ingress in 2012. It relies heavily on GPS, and Maps, but most of all on it’s own gaming community to collaborate with each other.
If Pokemon Go is anything like Ingress, players should be prepared to bring extra batteries, and battery charging power packs. GPS gameplay will definitely drain the phone battery quickly.
Pokemon Go is expected for a early 2016 release, as a free download.
There is a Closed Beta also announced in this Ingress Report, with invites/signs ups in Winter 2015.