While many are excited for Miitomo and Nintendo’s other future ventures into the mobile market, it’s important not forget Pokémon Go, the mobile game that appears to bring an AR and location based spin to the creature battling and collecting gameplay the franchise is known and loved for. And while not too much has been officially announced, some folks in Japan are lucky enough to have an opportunity to test the game, and a few of them have shared what they have found by playing or even digging through its code.
There are many aspects of the game which appear to be quite familiar, including the major focus on catching, battling, and even Pokémon Gyms, but there are quite a few twists. First, it appears that battles will be limited to trainer on trainer affairs, as it seems there won’t be wild Pokémon battles, which means catching new critters is more about playing an AR minigame and selecting the right kind of Poké Balls to use. When it comes to Pokémon battles, the process seems to have been streamlined, as it seems that the move set in the game is devoid of any status effect inducing moves and features nothing but damage dealing attacks; however, it does appear that there are options for stronger attacks, faster attacks, Pokémon-specific special attacks, and even dodging in battle. Items will still play an important role, as various berries and stat-buffing items appear alongside the expected Poké Balls and potions.
One of the most important and unique aspects of the game appears to be gyms, which work quite a bit differently from the core franchise. Gamers will have to choose between three factions (Red, Blue, and Yellow, of course) and then go about battling other factions for control of gyms. You’ll apparently be able to select creatures to stay at the gym either for the purpose of training or battling challengers from other teams. Furthermore, it appears that actual players will get to become gym leaders with the authority to select which of faction’s Pokémon will battle for the honor of the gym. It’s also worth noting that so far only first generation creatures have been found in the game, though that seems like something that could easily be expanded.
Plenty more smaller details have been plucked from the game by lucky players, so be sure to check the source below and stay on the lookout as more is revealed.
Source: Nintendo Inquirer