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Pokémon GO announced – Capture, trade and battle Pokémon “in the real world”

by Joey Davidson | September 10, 2015September 10, 2015 8:20 am PST

Pokémon GO has been announced by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo. This is a mobile title that’s being developed by Niantic, the same folks that made Ingress, a game of a similar ilk.

The trailer above shows a flashy and undoubtedly unrealistic version of what Pokémon GO is, though it’s a marvelous hype price. The game will launch for free, though there will be microtransactions. Players will explore their community and the world around them in order to find, catch, trade and battle Pokémon.

According to the press release that accompanied the initial announcement of the game, franchise Game Director Junichi Masuda is contributing to the project in order to “ensure that the fun of Pokémon makes its way into Pokémon GO, while developing new types of gameplay and thinking of ways to connect this project with the main series of Pokémon video games.”

Pokémon GO also offers an accessory called the Pokémon GO Plus. You’ll see two pics of it in the gallery directly above. Here’s how the press release explains this little device.

Players will be able to enhance their Pokémon GO experience even when they are looking away from their smartphones by using a unique device called Pokémon GO Plus.  By pressing a button on Pokémon GO Plus, simple in-game actions like catching a Pokémon can be performed. Developed and manufactured by Nintendo Co., Ltd., Pokémon GO Plus will connect to smartphones via Bluetooth and by flashing and vibrating, will notify players about events like the appearance of a Pokémon nearby.

To-date, I’ve never really enjoyed one of these mobile, augmented reality titles. The fact that this one falls under the Pokémon banner is certainly exciting, but I’m not sure if it’ll stick for me.

How about you folks? Does Pokémon GO seem like a good time? The game will hit Android and iOS in 2016.


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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