'Pokémon GO' App Will Let Players Search the Real World for Pokémon

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The Pokémon Company today announced a new app called Pokémon GO coming to iOS and Android, that will allow fans of the series to search real world locations to collect, battle, and trade Pokémon (via IGN). The company noted that the app itself will be free when it comes out, but gave no more specifics besides saying it'll be available for download sometime in 2016.

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Users will also be able to buy an optional Bluetooth accessory that syncs with the game, called the Pokémon GO Plus. The wrist-worn device will alert players in real-time to events going on in the game nearby -- like the appearance of a new wild Pokémon, or other players battling -- with flashing lights and vibrating alerts.


The Pokémon Company also announced that they've partnered with Niantic to help fine-tune the augmented reality aspect of the new game. Niantic already has some experience in the field, with the global espionage and mystery AR game Ingress [Direct Link] under its belt and some of its founders having originated from the Google Earth team. Although not officially one of Nintendo's mobile titles (The Pokémon Company operates independently of Nintendo), as our sister site Touch Arcade points out, it could be an interesting glimpse into what Nintendo itself will do with its own mobile games.

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Oblivious.Robot Avatar
70 months ago
Can't wait to catch a magikarp at Wal-Mart!

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ArtOfWarfare Avatar
70 months ago

I'm expecting the game experience to be exactly like the video, otherwise FAIL!

They're not wearing any Glass/Occulus device so I presume they've solved how to create effective holograms.

Actually, they're using Microsoft's Hololens. The Hololens is capable of augmenting the reality of people wearing Hololens to make them look like they're not wearing Hololens.

So long as everyone is wearing hololens, it doesn't actually matter what hololens look like because nobody will ever be able to see them.

In fact, we might all already be wearing hololens already and just can't tell.
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keysofanxiety Avatar
70 months ago



Can't wait to catch a magikarp at Wal-Mart!

The only thing less effective than Magikarp's Splash attack is a new BlackBerry product. :D
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adcx64 Avatar
70 months ago
This has potential to be something really amazing, but will probably be full of micro transactions like everything else in the App Store.
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Apple blogger Avatar
70 months ago
Imm

('https://www.macrumors.com/2015/09/10/pokemon-go-app-real-world/')


The Pokémon Company today announced a new app called Pokémon GO coming to iOS and Android, that will allow fans of the series to search real world locations to collect, battle, and trade Pokémon (via IGN ('http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/09/10/pokemon-go-coming-to-smartphones?utm_campaign=ign+main+twitter&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social')). The company noted that the app itself will be free when it comes out, but gave no more specifics besides saying it'll be available for download sometime in 2016.



Users will also be able to buy an optional Bluetooth accessory that syncs with the game, called the Pokémon GO Plus. The wrist-worn device will alert players in real-time to events going on in the game nearby -- like the appearance of a new wild Pokémon, or other players battling -- with flashing lights and vibrating alerts.



The Pokémon Company also announced that they've partnered with Niantic to help fine-tune the augmented reality aspect of the new game. Niantic already has some experience in the field, with the global espionage and mystery AR game Ingress ('http://appshopper.com/games/ingress') [Direct Link ('https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ingress/id576505181?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4')] under its belt and some of its founders having originated from the Google Earth team. Although not officially one of Nintendo's mobile titles ('https://www.macrumors.com/2015/05/08/nintendos-smartphone-game-this-year/') (The Pokémon Company operates independently of Nintendo), as our sister site Touch Arcade points out ('http://toucharcade.com/2015/09/10/pokemon-go-for-mobile/'), it could be an interesting glimpse into what Nintendo itself will do with its own mobile games.

Article Link: 'Pokémon GO' App Will Let Players Search the Real World for Pokémon ('https://www.macrumors.com/2015/09/10/pokemon-go-app-real-world/')

I'm pretty sure I saw something like this in googles April fools day .. Can't believe Nintendo turned it into reality!
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Mad Mac Maniac Avatar
70 months ago
Sounds kinda fun and full of nastalgia
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