Coming soon to a smartphone near you – the next logical step in Pokémon training. Having explored six regions of honestly-it’s-not-Japan in the hugely popular handheld series, Nintendo have announced Pokémon GO, a new app that brings Pokémon into the real world.
Upon starting the app, users will be guided to wild Pokémon hiding in the real world and viewable through AR. Using Poké Balls (and their variants, if the video is to be believed) players can catch those wild Pokémon for themselves.
It’s long been a complaint of fans that Pokémon’s gameplay has changed little in the last two decades, and there are significant similarities – Pokémon are still battled, traded and caught as normal. But there are some great looking new changes as well. For example, the trailer shows a gathering in Times Square joining up for a group battle against Mewtwo, with a timer running. We can imagine certain legendaries only being available in these kind of planned events in major locations, which could create a wonderful sense of community.
Pokémon GO will be released for Android and iOS in 2016. There are a lot of details that remain to be seen, but the internet’s got itself seriously excited about it:
"I met my spouse/partner/soulmate/best-friend playing POKEMON GO" will be the 2016 version of families/seniors reconnecting via Wii Sports.
— Bob Chipman (@the_moviebob) September 10, 2015
A Pokemon mobile game? color me hyped! #pokemongo
— Sean/Azax (@SeanMcFarlan) September 10, 2015
The hashtag #pokemongo is trending and it is about the new mobile game 'Pokemon Go'. I just see: "POKE MONGO!"
— Ben Hawkes (@bennhawkes) September 10, 2015