Catch them all in the real world with Pokemon Go

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The Pokémon Company introduced the next ‘evolution’ of the Pokémon video game franchise, and this one takes place in the real world. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game developed by Niantic for both the  iOS and Android devices that lets the user catch Pokémon in real life. It’s a combination of a new app and the Pokémon Go Plus watch-like peripheral.

Pokémon Go has been in development for a few years now, with developer Niantic working closely with the Pokémon Company and Nintendo for this whole new experience. The concept of the new app is that players will spend time outside and find wild Pokémon, interact with other trainers and have fun while doing it.

“The day has finally come when Pokémon appear in the real world,” mentioned Pokémon designer Junichi Masuda.

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The Pokémon Go Plus peripheral will play a huge part in the action. After syncing to your phone, it will rumble when you are in the vicinity of a wild Pokémon and possibly other trainers, letting you enjoy your surroundings rather than being glued to your phone. It will also be how you throw your Pokéballs to catch new Pokémon.  You can watch the full trailer below.

I like the concept of working with other local trainers to take down a powerful enemy like Mewtwo. How the final version will be implemented is still something we need to wait and see when Pokémon Go releases in 2016.

Pokémon Go looks to the the future of the Pokémon series as Masuda also mentioned, “I’m thinking about how this game will connect with titles in the main series of Pokémon games.”

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