Gone are the days when fans will wait for the color-coded cartridge next installment in the Pokemon game as Nintendo announces that another iteration dubbed as “Pokemon Go” will become available for both iPhone and Android smartphones.
The description on the official trailer released on Youtube reads, “Get ready for an all-new Pokmon experience! Pokmon GO opens a universe of Pokmon to find, catch, trade, and battle on your iPhone or Android device! With Pokmon GO, you’ll discover Pokmon in a whole new worldyour own! Pokmon GO will use real location information to allow players to experience catching, trading, and battling Pokmon.”
Taking inspiration from Pokemon video games that have used Hokkaida and Kanto regions of Japan, New York and Paris as inspiration for settings, the real world gaming is said to be made possible in partnership with Nintendo, The Pokemon Company and Niantic, Inc.
According to the Express, Niantic will use GPS technology to allow access on locations around the world but it remains to be seen where and which level fan-favorite characters Pikachu, Charmander, Balbasaur and Squirtle will appear as part of the game.
In an interview with Slate, Niantic representative Evan Dexter said that some of their plans are underway with some information possibly being released this month, “We’re not quite ready to talk in more depth about Pokmon GO than what was revealed in the announcement press release and assets… Come mid-October we’ll be able to start going into more depth about our plans for the game, and about our plans for real world gaming overall.”
The game comes with a companion device called “Pokemon Go Plus” which will be connected via Bluetooth and notifies the user using LED vibration if a Pokemon suddenly appears.
Pokemon Go is slated to launch sometime in 2016 and will become available through download for free in App Store and Google Play.