by Travis Costello
This morning The Pokémon Company revealed more details about Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game developed by Niantic, Inc..
This may be a response to the leaked footage that came out of SXSW, but in a press release, The Pokémon Company detail more of how users are able to discover Pokémon with their smartphones. Players will be alerted with a vibration when near a Pokémon and will have the ability to capture it using the touch screen on the phone. There will also be PokéStops near historical landmarks, monuments and other “interesting places” where a selection of Poké Balls and other items will be available, including Pokémon Eggs, “which will hatch after you’ve walked a certain distance”.
Players can level up as a Trainer and encounter more powerful Pokémon and gain access better gear. There will also be an achievement system in which players are awarded medals that will post to their profile when they complete a variety of different challenges.
In addition to vacant Gyms, where players can assign their Pokémon to defend, claimed Gyms can be challenged by other Trainers for control. Players will also have the ability to join one of three teams to help others protect the gyms and continue to level up.
A small device called the Pokémon GO Plus can be used to warn you of nearby Pokémon by connecting via Bluetooth to the user’s smartphone. It also has a button that can perform other simple actions” but no further details are available at this time.
Pokémon GO is set to start field testing in Japan soon but The Pokémon Company says, “The features, available languages, design, and overall appearance are not final”.
Although we have yet to see a release date, Pokémon GO will be free to download on the App Store and Google Play. In-app purchases will also be available.
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