Niantic Labs, the former Google division best known for it’s augmented reality game Ingress, has announced their next augmented reality project. Teaming up with The Pokémon Company and Nintendo, Pokémon GO will be hitting iOS and Android mobile devices in 2016.
In Pokémon GO, players will be able to catch, trade, and battle in the real world by utilizing location information. Pokémon GO’s gameplay experience goes beyond what appears on screen as players explore their neighborhoods, communities and the world they live in to discover Pokémon alongside friends and other players.
Using your GPS location, players will be able to experience catching, trading, and battling Pokémon.
Check out the (rather long) trailer:
Unfortunately, as you can see, the trailer is a lot of special effects and battles which would be pretty impossible to duplicate in the real world without the use of something like Google Glass, so it will be interesting to see exactly what the game play will look like. Pokémon has been a popular long standing franchise and I’m sure millions of kids (and adults) will be looking forward to a more interactive Pokémon game and given Niantic Labs’ background with Ingress, if any company can pull it off then they can.
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