Being able to “Catch’em all” is actually becoming a reality!
Hold onto something sturdy folks, because Pokémon are coming to the Real World! With the announcement of the new Pokémon GO AR (Augmented Reality) game for Android and iPhone, soon you can be a real life Ash or Misty.
If you have not heard about this yet, you might be calling Bullsh** on this post, but I assure you, this is not a hoax, with the announcement going public regarding pricing and expected release dates, you will indeed be able to catch Pokémon in the real world with the Pokémon GO & Pokémon GO Plus application in the first quarter of 2016!
Pokémon GO is a mobile game for Android and iPhone that is being developed by The Pokémon Company and Niantic, who were previously part of Google, but decided to venture out into the Augmented Reality world and went on to release the popularly known mobile application Ingress. Being the official license holders, it goes without saying that Nintendo is working along with the development team on this project, ensuring that Pokémon GO and Pokémon GO Plus are exactly what we have always dreamed the world would be like sharing it with Pokémon.
In Pokémon GO the aim is to locate, catch, battle and trade Pokémon with other fans around you, infact, one of the major encouragements behind the project is to create a community by randomly connecting and interacting with other Pokémon GO players nearby.
The founder of Niantic, John Hanke, quoted “For the first time, Pokémon will roam free in the real world. Pokémon GO will allow players to capture Pokémon who inhabit parks, shopping areas, sidewalks and the countryside all around the world. Imagine discovering a Squirtle hiding along the waterfront in San Francisco, a Bulbasaur at Shinjuku Station or a Pikachu beneath the Eiffel Tower.”
Has the awesome sunk in yet or have you not quite “caught’it all” yet? Take a look at the ridiculously awesome release trailer to release the inner Ketchum within you.
How freakin’ RAD is that trailer?
As briefly mentioned above, there are two versions, namely Pokémon GO, and Pokémon GO Plus. There is a big difference between the two, as Pokémon GO Plus includes a companion device that is either clipped on or strapped to your wrist and worn like a watch, much like a Fitbit. Pokémon GO does not force you to buy the Plus version, however the epic looking Pokéball icon companion will unlock certain elements you will not be able to access or enjoy with the regular version.
One of the most notable ways that the Plus version enhances your experience is that you will be able to play Pokémon GO without looking at your phone, as it will be incorporating haptics and flashing LED’s built into the companion icon when interacting with you. It encourages players to look not only at their phones and Pokémon GO, but to experience what’s going on around them in the real world. Pokémon GO Plus connects to your phone over Bluetooth and notifies you via push messages about events within the game, for example when a wild Pikachu has wondered into your office park or school playground. A button on the front of the Pokémon GO Plus also lets you perform simple actions such as throwing a Poké Ball and catching Pokémon.
Now if you will excuse me, I need to hit my red gym to start some training. Enough with the horribly executed Poké-references already, but seriously, as soon as this launches, you will not see or hear from me for a day or two, because I will be going on my hunt for my ultimate favourite Pokémon, Charmander, and I will not rest, until I can finally yell “Gotcha!” and geniunely walk away, with a “life filled” Pokéball!