Pokémon Go, developed by Niantic, will allow fans to discover, trade and battle Pokémon in actual places across the world. The game will be played via an app on smartphones and there will also be a seperate Bluetooth device released alongside the game. This ‘Pokémon GO Plus’ (developed and manufactured by Nintendo) will alert players to nearby events with flashes and vibrations, and will let them catch Pokémon with the press of a button.
Niantic have previously been involved in the development of a number of augmented reality apps, and so appear to be natural choice to help develop a location based Pokémon game.
Indeed, while Nintendo is involved in Pokémon Go, the game is unrelated to the company’s previously announced partnership with DeNA. The first smartphone game to be jointly developed as part of this is still planned to be released later this year, however.
What do you make of this new smartphone-based Pokémon game? I’m not sure how the eventual game will pan out, but if it looks anything like the real world Pokémon shown off in the above trailer, I’m sold – I’ve been waiting years for Pokémon to finally come through to our world!