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.
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.