I’m a die-hard Pokémon fan, there’s no denying that. From the original 150 to the other additions, I’ve played all the games that I could get my hands on. One thing that I’ve always wanted was to have a Pokémon RPG or MMO for PC, because well, why not? So imagine my surprise when I found out that my wish was to come true (in a way).
The Pokémon Company yesterday announced Pokémon Go, a new mobile game created in collaboration with Nintendo and Niantic, the company behind the wildly popular augmented reality game “Ingress”.
Similar to how Ingress works, Pokémon Go too allows players to find virtual Pokémon and battle them in the hopes of catching them, in the real world, powered by GPS.
But that’s not all, in addition to the game, Nintendo is also currently developing a smartwatch device called Pokémon Go Plus which is designed to assist you in the game world without you having to pull out your phone every two minutes. Basically, the device (shaped like a poke-ball) will vibrate and light up when you are in close proximity to a Pokémon in the real world.
Apparently this game has been in development for the last two years according to Tsunekazu Ishihara, the CEO of The Pokémon Company who was also working with the late Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata.
While the actual game itself wasn’t shown off too much the trailer does indeed seem to be very very interesting.
The trailer did leave me with a few questions though. For example, the trailer looks to be featuring Pokémon from the original Kanto region (the original 150). Does that mean it’s akin to the original Pokémon games? Or will more be added? Also if going by the game logic, what happens to Pokémon who can only evolve by trading with other players? For example Kadabra and Machomp? And what happens to Pokémon who need an elemental stone to evolve (Vulpix, Eevee)?
Last but not least, the trailer also shows an entire Times Square-esque population gathered to catch the legendary Mewtwo. Does that mean that they all receive a MewTwo? Or just one lucky players? Ah these are the questions that bounce around in my head. But whatever the case may be, it looks very very awesome.
Pokémon Go will be available in 2016 for iOS and Android — 20 years after the original Pokémon games. The game will be free to play, with various in-app purchases available. A price for the Pokémon Go Plus watch is yet to be set.
Looks like 2016 is the year I may actually get my chance to become a Pokémon master.
*Cue Pokémon theme song*.