Niantic executive wants a 'Game of Thrones' version of 'Pokmon GO' game


Since “Pokmon GO” was launched this month, people all over the world have been heading outdoors to catch the elusive pocket monsters in the hit augmented-reality game. The game has become so popular that a stampede recently took place in New York City’s Central Park after a rare Pokmon was sighted in the area. It was also reported that several top corporations, allegedly including McDonalds, have jumped on the bandwagon as Niantic is said to be debuting “sponsored locations” starting with the fast food giant this month.

It appears that this is just the beginning of good things to come for the game as Niantic’s product marketing lead for “Pokmon GO” and “Ingress,” Archit Bhargava, recently discussed the future of the game and what other games he envisions following the success of “Pokmon GO.”

Speaking with Gamespot, Bhargava said, “We have a vision for Pokmon, we’re gonna execute it, but we’re gonna learn based on what the community reaction is.”

Bhargava said that they are trying to create the genre of real-world gaming wherein it’s all about “getting people moving, getting them exploring the world around them.” Bhargava said that with the success of “Pokmon GO,” they are hoping that more real-world games will be made available to the public.

“There could be a board game you could make in the real world where people are capturing locations like Risk or something,” said Bhargava. He also revealed a personal wish for a game wherein a famous TV series could be played out in the real world.

“My personal fantasy is like a ‘Game of Thrones’ game where Westeros in mapped out on Earth and you join House Stark or whatever,” said Bhargava.

Niantic could certainly make this happen as CNET points out that “Ingress” divides its players into opposing factions, and it’s easy to envision a game wherein players join the Starks, Targaryens, Lannisters, or Greyjoys and travel around in the real world to claim territory, just like the characters in the HBO series.

For now, it remains to be seen how “Pokmon GO” will evolve, and what Niantic’s next move is with regard to its next real-world game.