The Pokémon Company has been hosting a live press conference in Japan to focus on future strategy for the franchise, and has announced an AR (augmented reality) smartphone app - for Android and iOS - called Pokémon Go. This is being produced in conjunction with Nintendo and developed by start-up Niantic, and it's coming in 2016.
Employing ideas that have been utilised in a number of other apps, this utilises a smartphone's location data and camera to recreate gameplay in the real world. The broad idea is that you'll find, catch and battle with Pokémon in the real world, and a separate Pokémon Go Plus wrist accessory will serve as an additional notification device. The idea is that you can play alone and interact with others through the game, and Game Freak fans should be pleased to know that Yunichi Masuda is consulting on the project; it's also planned to interact with the main series games too.
Unsurprisingly this will be free-to-play but with microtransactions, while the Go accessory will no doubt be a hot ticket item in stores if the app achieves early success.
A big hat tip to Serebii for following the NicoNico stream and providing this information and imagery. You can see a lengthy reveal trailer and the full press conference below. Are you excited by this?
Looks pretty cool
Hope there's more than just 1st gen Pokemon like the video suggests...
Looks interesting I hope that 1.There are more pokemon than the original 151 and 2.The in app purchases wont go to crazy.
I hope traveling to different states is not mandatory to catch'em all. That would be kind of a bummer. Ain't nobody got cash fo dat!
Excited? Not until we seem some gameplay and full details.
Scared? Micro transactions!
Nice, I have to say I am really looking forward to Pokémon Go ^^.
From what we have heard about Pokémon Go for now, Pokémon Go seems like a very interesting game and hopefully Pokémon Go has all the Pokémons in it .
How bonkers would it be if different countries were treated as their own 'regions' meaning seeing someone with say a Typholsion in Europe would be a genuine sight to see?
Mr Iwata was also working with them.
I gave Ingress a quick go, Pokemon Go will certainly help us get fit while catching Pokemon.
♪ I wanna be the very best / Like no one ever was...! ♫
I can't deny this looks sort of intriguing, but will have to see some actual gameplay before I'm sold on the concept.
There will be a lot of trubbish in my room. I hope torterra won't be as hard to find.
I'm not gonna lie, I'm quite excited by this. Pokémon in real world? Count me in! Let's be honest, who hasn't wanted to be an actual Pokémon Trainer? It's a darn sight better sounding than past Pokémon mobile games, at least.
Free to play killed it for me. Sell it for £10 or something, I might have been interested.
If it's free to play the chances of there not being microtransactions are small, and that scares me. Looks cool though.
It reminded me of the pokemon google challange (or whatever that thing was called) from a couple of years ago. I feel this is what they were aiming for, maybe that was like a test to know how people would react to this game?
Btw mewtwo fighting 20 pokemon at the same time like a boss.
There will be microtransactions.
And since trading is a thing, i wouldnt be surprised if getting all pokemon would be impossible based on locations.....
Also i would be happy if we at least got the original gen 1.
As Pokémon Go is a Free to Start game, I was thinking about what sort of way they will get their income. Out of these two things options what would you prefer?
Pay for Pokéballs: I do think the regular Pokéballs should be free - Great Ball is fairly easy to get, but can be bought if you need more - Master balls have to be paid for, unless there are some very hard and specific events.
Buy to get Pokémons from different seasons: This more pay to unlock that only means that you only have to pay one time for the thing you are purchasing. Like you get the season 1 Pokémon for free when you start, but have to pay for the other season separately or in a collection.
Personally I think the Pokéball idea is more likely than the season unlock idea, due to the trends in the Free to Start games ;^^.
Still regardless I do think Pokémon Go will have some success anyway :+).
But, what's the gameplay like? The only gameplay we actually saw here was a pikachu and a charizard standing in a green field and a pokeball flying at them...
And where are all the post gen 1 pokes? I want cyndaquil as my starter.
this seems to be getting attention for 3 reasons;
1. Nintendo, Gamefreak and Niantic (who until recently was Google's AR lab)
2. this isn't a simple port of the traditional games and has been developed with mobile in mind
3. its not stripped down to 1 gameplay mechanic like most mobile games. it still features capture, trading and battling.
the only question marks are gameplay and what will the IAP's look like. Will they be like Pokémon Shuffle "pay to keep playing" or like Pokémon Rumble World/ Fullbox World where its more like little expansions to the free game?
This is literally what I've been dreaming about since I was a kid, it'll finally be like we're all actual Pokemon trainers, not just people controlling a character that's catching Pokemon in a game! I know SO many people that would use this all across Glasgow so it better be a good micro transaction model!
@abe_hikura You captured what I was going to say...
I'm also fairly impressed with this, though. I'd imagine that the Plus accessory will provide a rather large advantage to players, considering it's a rather unobtrusive notification system.
I'm hoping the interaction with the main series includes being able to connect to PokeBank.
...more free-to-play, microtransaction junk; I suppose Shuffle wasn't enough. Guess I shouldn't be surprised, though: everyone wants in on this junk, mobile gaming crap. As long as I get my main series games and they don't infect those with the IAP disease, I couldn't care less.
@Tsurii: Why do you get bothered by additional features that you don't have to use in the game if you don't want?
The things that bother me are...
1. Doesn't that GO already exist on other phone games like Hitman GO?
2.If this is planned to interact with the main games, then will we see another main Pokemon game ever even if its been long enough?
This seems pretty nifty! I'd have to assume connecting with the mainline series is just transferring Pokemon back and forth which I think is a nice addition!
This is pretty cool as it delivers a fun and unique smartphone experience, without it being a full on Pokemon game so I think this is a great middle ground! I'm excited to see some more footage of it!
Seems dangerous. What if a Pikachu pops up in the middle of the road and a kid goes after it?
Dayum, now I really need a new phone.
Wow, And remembering the famous "mini event" of google maps for the April's fools day a year ago, especially for the video where shows exactly that idea:
Now, this isn't a joke, ended up being a reality and looks very interesting!!!
I already was one of the Google Pokemon Masters.
Now I will become a real life Pokemon champion.
You shall all feel my wrath.
I'm not really a Pokémon fan, but this actually looks really cool.
Also, that guy at around 1:32 looks a lot like André from GameXplain from a distance.
Will interact with the main series games?! Color me intrigued. I think it'd be awesome if you can upload the creatures you catch into the Pokémon Bank and use them in the main games. Or vice versa, you can access your Pokémon from the main games and battle with them in Pokémon Go.
Hmm...looks like Miyamoto is fulfilling Iwata's duties now.
hey boss mewtwo is attacking New York again!
anyway, this might make me get a smart-devise I mean that just looks awesome.
It sounds fun so far, but I'll need to know a lot more details about the gameplay before knowing if it's any good. There's potential for features to be added that could make it frustrating, such as having to travel far to catch them all.
this is so weird
it cant look as good as the promo, because that would go beyond anything we can do right now
so its probably going to be pretty underwhelming when we do see how it looks/plays
I have to wonder if, in real life, the people it's showing play this game would actually play this game.
This is genius. This app will get older and lapsed fans who don't own video game systems anymore to rediscover their love for Pokémon. The app is sure to be a gateway to whatever the next main game will be in the series. Players of this game will spend money on the in app purchases, and then a lot of those folks will end up going out and buying new game systems so they can play the main game when it comes out.
This is almost like if pokemon snap fused with the main series game!
Edit: What will the accessory do?
If it WAS like in the trailer, could you imagine a junkie walking by and seeing lets say Hoopa Unbound... they'd freak out and call their sponsor and be like. "Bill, it's happening again!"
I think it will be set so that no pokemon spawn in streets
I think it will be like Rumble World in terms of micro transactions. Just stopping the whole AR thing because you "ran out of lives would be bad game design. Or perhaps its to buy great/ultra/master balls? Either way, I neeeeeed this!
From the makers of Ingress......hmmmm? My guess is that the game will work similar to Niantic's other apps which are more like interactive scavenger hunts then actual games. This app will have you going to a local parks looking at your phone as a scanner until a pokemon is near. I got into Ingress for about 3-4 months until I realized that I wasn't actually doing anything but wasting time; and I always felt weird sitting in church parking lots or near other landmarks scanning stuff on my phone. I would go to a park and walk around looking down at my phone and then stop and scan stuff and then walk again.....and people would stare at me like I was up to something. The police start to notice you too when you're parked in empty parking lots scanning stuff.
I'm in a "wait and see" mode on this one.
there are two comments I have other than the fact that it looks kinda cool.
1- I'm concerned about safety with this one, what if a pokemon appeared on a busy highway? Sure most people would wait till it moved or something, but not everyone, or just the fact that we already have issues with looking at our screen and walking not paying attention to our peripheral vision.
2-This would be the perfect tie in with the actual games, if you could import the pokemon that you actually caught in the "real world". This is what Nintendo wants to do, bring gamers back to their system by using mobile games/apps to do so, so not doing it would be a shame.
For a second there I thought a Pokemon themed go (as in the board game) app was released.
Think that reveal trailer is ever so slightly over the top... and by slightly I mean crazy over the top, especially the ending.
Thi idea certainly sounds interesting and I am glad Nintendo are involved with it, as that means additional revenue for them which is always a plus. However personally I am really not sure if I feel the want to wonder around the British Isles hunting for Pokemon, unless I find them all in the local pubs.
Finally! A real pokedex app!
I'm excited about this, however that isn't without some concerns:
1. The number of people who actually get this. If there aren't enough people who get this, it will severely limit it as the battling and trading will effectively be near useless.
2. This is a location based AR game, meaning it will use your phone's GPS and camera at the same time as well as Bluetooth when using the Go Plus accessory. That's going to majorly drain your phone's battery, which will limit how much you can play it and possibly the number of people who play it.
3. The in app purchases. Hopefully they aren't too obtrusive.
This looks really cool, and is having me consider getting an Android (I currently have a Windows phone; I love it, but the lack of an app market is starting to kill me).
I'll wait and see about this one.
Very cool that a April Fools video is now a reality, but I'm not interested in the game. For the sake of those who are, I pray IAP are reasonable, and that it won't take far too long to grind to unlock something without a purchase.
I still hope for a 20th anniversary Kanto game and a Snap 2 in the future.
Microtransactions Pokemon game? It's happening!
The concept itself seems great. If anything can interest casual gamers then it's something like this. Like most everyone else, waiting for more details on actual gameplay and microtransactions before getting too hyped.
Awesome concept. Not sure how safe I'm gonna be doing this in London tho...
I wonder if the app will also utilize the day/night/seasons/weather feature. It would make it more interesting finding Pokemon like Hoothoot more often at night and a water Castform on a rainy day to name a few.
For those saying they are "waiting for actual gameplay", we know what the gameplay is already. You go out and find Pokemon in the real world based on location (think geocaching), then the Pokemon will appear on your smartphone screen via AR and you attempt to capture it. You can then battle and trade those Pokemon with others in real life. That's the core gameplay of the game.
No, you won't see holograms of the Pokemon in real life like in the trailer, as amazing as that would be. Would be amazing if you could use Hololens with it to see holograms of the Pokemon.
Anyways, this is basically The Pokemon Company's way of putting a main series Pokemon game on mobile without putting a main series game on mobile. It has the core aspects of the main series games: catching, battling, and trading.
One thing of note is the connectivity with the main series games. What this probably means is that are some event Pokemon that you can get through Pokemon Go and transfer to the main games. I assume that it will probably be Pokemon that you can get through normal gameplay in the main games but with a special move or two. Oh, and a Mew.
I wonder though if it will be limited to just Kanto Pokemon considering that was all that was shown in the trailer.
Oh, and one last thing. I'm calling it now: the release date for Pokemon Go will be February 27th.
@DarkKirby God, that'd be terrible!
First you kick it in Kanto!
Then you head to Johto!
mobile games in a nutshell.
Wasn't interested until I heard that the guys behind this game, Niantic, made Ingress for Android and iOS. It's an ARG just like this new game. That game is very hardcore and a pretty deep experience. It came out some years ago. I hadn't really seen something like it at that point and actually haven't yet. There are still many people playing Ingress.
So my hopes have risen quite a lot. It's not just a mobile game. but a novel idea. I think this could be very interesting.
@consolfreak1982 Calm down, it's been 11 months since the last main series game. We're spoiled to have been receiving them each year. You're upset over your own conclusion-jumping about business strategies based on just a handful of games that don't fit into your taste. A lot of people are happy or excited for the very things you're complaining about. Personally I'm happy to see them try out different stuff for Pokemon, even if it might mean waiting a little longer for the next main series title--especially since IMO those are starting to get pretty stale.
An mmo set in the real world? Gamers will hate it lol.
This largely reminds me of Google's April Fools 2 years ago...
And I reacted to the entire thing it was all very interesting to say the least
@Yorumi Nah, that's too little; think quadruple digits .
I have to say, this sounds like a great idea. The pokemon company could really make this something special, or it could be the opposite. This could be the worst pokemon game ever. I wish we had more information on this!!!
I think people consider you strange just stepping outside with your 3ds nowadays, i can just imagine what they'll think if you were to play this outdoors lol.
looks down at windows phone
sad music plays
How is this not getting more hype?! This is pretty epic! If you haven't watched it, definitely check out the trailer (first video listed above).
So many Pokemon games on smartphones recently, it seems. Yet it all has nothing to do with the DENA deal. You wonder why they have signed that deal in the first place!
The Pokemon will finally take over the real world.
I'm gonna have to find the nearest cave and get me some zubats 😀
Welp, another reason to ditch my Windows Phone into the lake and pony up for an Android.
The top video imagine if they did that with the vr goggles omg
This, paired with a VR headset / Google Glass - like device. Omg.
For heavy urban areas in can see this becoming very popular. I hope they have some sense in their programming for those of us in more rural areas that don't walk to work or all over a city each day. I for one drive 45 minutes each way to work then sit in an office. It will be interesting to see how far they expect people to go looking for Pokemon when this comes out.
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