Pokémon GO is the mysterious mobile title being developed by Niantic, the same company that brought the world the odd augmented reality game known as Ingress. This Pokémon effort will blend walking around and interacting with others in real life with the world of capturing Pokémon, raising them and, apparently, taking on gyms.
John Hanke, CEO, and Mike Quigley, CMO, spoke with Venture Beat about Pokémon GO and how things will be distributing in the game. The answer to that line of questioning has Pokémon fans pumped.
“Our goal is to make it so you can walk out of the house and within five minutes, you can find Pokémon. It may not be the most rare Pokémon in the world, but there’ll be a population of Pokémon living near all our players. Gyms will be a bit more rare. You want to find gyms so you can level up your Pokémon and battle there, so it will take a little more effort to get there.”
Hanke goes on to talk about the common sense nature of finding specific Pokémon. He even talks about the nature of trading.
“Pokémon will live in different parts of the world depending on what type of Pokémon they are. Water Pokémon will live near the water. It may be that certain Pokémon will only exist in certain parts of the world. Very rare Pokémon may exist in very few places. But you can trade. If you live in a place with lots of water Pokémon and you come to an event — we have these Ingress events that are getting bigger and bigger. We’ll have our biggest weekend ever on Saturday.
We’ll have events for Pokémon as well. Those are competitive, but they can also be places to trade stuff with other players. Pokémon trading is going to be huge. You can’t get all of them by yourself. If you want all of them you’ll have to trade with other players. Or you have to be someone who takes time off work and travels the world for a year. There may be people who do that.”
If Pokémon GO is done well, this game could be huge. We’ll have more on the title as it comes.