In March The Pokémon Company unveiled details on Pokémon Go, the upcoming app in development for smart devices, which will use real-world locations and AR (augmented reality) for its gameplay. That same official web page (which we summarised in the link above) has now been updated with more details and screenshots.
The section on Gym Battles has been expanded to explain how you alternate between your Pokémon's two main moves and swipe left and right to avoid attacks.
Use your Pokémon's two attacks to battle the defending Pokémon. You can also dodge the defending Pokémon's attacks by swiping left and right. If your Pokémon wins the battle, then the Gym's Prestige is reduced. When the Gym's Prestige is reduced to zero, the defending team loses control of the Gym, and you or another player can then take control of it by assigning a Pokémon to it. Once your team has control of the Gym, you can increase its Prestige (and level) by training your Pokémon with the defending Pokémon. As the Gym gets to a higher level, your team has the ability to assign more Pokémon to defend it. You can also team up with your friends and battle at a rival Gym together to take down stronger Gyms faster.
'More than a hundred different Pokémon' are promised, and there'll be options to customise the look of your Trainer.
When you first play Pokémon GO, you'll get to customize the look of your Trainer, choosing apparel and accessories to give him or her a cool look. Your customized character will appear as you move around on the map, as well as on your profile page. Plus, other players will see your character when they visit a Gym you control.
Another section which we think is new confirms it'll be free-to-play with microtransactions in the form of PokéCoins.
Pokémon GO will be available for download at no charge on the App Store and Google Play. Pokémon GO is free to play, with loads of fun things to do and Pokémon to discover at every turn. For players who want to enhance their Pokémon GO experience even more, certain items and features can be accessed via in-app purchases. Players can spend real money on PokéCoins, the in-game currency of Pokémon GO. PokéCoins can then be exchanged for power-ups, extra items, and other enhancements.
Beyond those details there are a range of new screenshots, below. Are you excited about Pokémon Go?