Nintendo made a momentous announcement yesterday, revealing a new Pokemon title for mobile platforms. While this may not sound groundbreaking on its own, it is when those mobile platforms consist of Apple and Android-powered smartphones. Pokemon GO, set to release in 2016, puts a new spin on the series by using the real world as its setting. Players are encouraged to get out and explore the world in the pursuit of new Pokemon to catch and battle with, powered by the GPS-based app. This is coupled with a device called the Pokemon GO Plus, a small plastic dongle that glows and vibrates to alert users to nearby events and monsters. Pokemon GO will be available on through the App Store and through Google Play for free, though there is currently no price set for the associated device. There will be in-app purchases, though what exactly players will be able to purchase is still unknown.
Pokemon GO follows Nintendo’s earlier announcement regarding their intent to step into the mobile market, though this venture seems unrelated or at least split off from that, as Niantic, Inc., a division within Google, is leading development, not DeNA, the company with which Nintendo made the aforementioned announcement. There is also no mention of DeNA in the production the Pokemon GO Plus device. The full release trailer for Pokemon GO can be seen below.
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