'Pokemon Go,' 'Pokemon Z' release dates: Augmented reality game confirmed to appear in GDC 2016; 'Pokemon Z' may be delayed?

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Although the next installments in the Pokemon game franchise “Pokemon Go” and “Pokemon Z” are believed to be released at the same time, it seems like it will not be the case if the recent announcement from Niantic is taken into account.

According to Gamespot, Niantic’s chief executive John Hanke will discuss the upcoming title during the Game Developers Conference 2016 in San Francisco, California. The description of the event suggests that he will explain how the company has developed a unique vision of having a new Pokemon experience that encourages players to go outdoors.

“Niantic’s newest game, ‘Pokemon Go,’ ups the challenge of real world gaming design, taking a beloved franchise and setting its hundreds of brightly-coloured monsters loose across the globe, adding a new Bluetooth wearable device created by Nintendo to the mix,” the description further reads.

It has also been reported that participants will be the ones to know first about the augmented reality game and its engaging and interactive dynamics. There will also be discussion about Pokemon Go Plus, which can be worn on the wrist and used to execute in-game actions such as catching a Pokemon. Owners will be notified that there is a creature nearby using its LED flash and vibration when connected via Bluetooth.

Fans are said to be expecting that a release date will also be revealed for both Android and iOS platforms as it is predicted to become available this year in Google Play and Apps Store for free download with in-app purchases.

Meanwhile, information on “Pokemon Z” is hard to comedy for the time being. With the confirmed appearance of “Pokemon Go” in GDC, some game enthusiasts are speculating that the unveiling may be pushed sometime next year. The content is still expected to feature the character of the legendary Pokemon Zygarde, which is described to be a combination of Yveltal and Xernaes from previous versions.