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?
So...I'm guessing this will be Gen 1 only then huh? :c
@Megumi_Sagano Based on what I've read it will start out with the Gen 1 Pokemon. But I think its a safe bet that as time goes on, Pokemon Go will be updated to include more and more generations.
but the real question is... is there a GTS to use so I can trade with my long distance friends?
I know free to start typically makes more money in the long run, but i can't help but feel like selling this for $10 would bring in about 1,000,000,000 on the first day alone...
This will be too much of a data and battery power hog. I only turn on my location services when I'm using Google Maps. I always turn off my data when I'm not using the Internet. I usually use Wi-Fi when I'm at work, church, or home. I will probably download this and mess around with a few times like Miitomo and then not mess with it again.
@abbyhitter What kind of phone and service you got? Sounds like you may need an upgrade.
@russellohh Not on mobile. On mobile, people expect everything to be free to start.
@duffmmann Nope. No upgrade needed. I'm just conservative with my data (shared plan with family) and paranoid about stalkers trying to track me down through my location services.
Looks good! I really hope I qualified for the beta
@russellohh they will sell a bunch of those watch things so they will make a ton at first too
It still doesn't sound as fun now as it sounded when it was initially announced, but I'm still really looking forward to this.
@DefHalan yeah, but people also expect mobile games to suck. The only good ones I've ever played- professor layton, world ends with you, xcom, and 1-2 others- were all about $15.
Am I the only one that thinks it looks kinda bad?
@russellohh You might need to branch out a bit, tons of mobile games are great, there is a very large number of terrible ones, but still tons of great ones. I love the Where's My Water series and Cut the Rope. Pokemon Shuffle was a lot of fun, and I expect Pokemon Go to be amazing.
I'll try it out, it could be fun for a little bit. I have a feeling I won't be able to get the most out of it since I don't travel much and have no one I could trade with.
@DefHalan I have both of those on the 3DS, which i kinda prefer.
I do love snuggle truck, plants vs zombies 2, and punch quest, however
@Moon I'm a little cautious as well. We haven't actually seen how battles go, but it does seem like it'll be rather bland ala Pokemon Rumble
Theres no wild battles and leveling up your trainer instead of your pokemon seems a little backwards. Seems more like a chore, less like a game
Nintendo will make a ton of money with Pokemon GO for sure. I'm glad the battle mechanics isnt the same as the main games. I'll download it if it comes to my country someday, it does seem fun
I'm still awaiting news on how much the Pokemon Go Plus accessory will be.
@chiefeagle02 I thought they said it would be around $15... maybe that is just how much I expect to spend on it lol
Yeah, still not feeling this at all. I just can't imagine myself walking around real locations to try and find new Pokemon or opponents. If I'm gonna play video games, I'd much rather be on the comfort of my own couch, thank you very much.
Was excited but the details are rather disappointing. I just would like a port or even just something simple as something like a stable showdown for iOS.
I feel like this game is designed to appeal for the casual Pokemon crowd that thinks that the original 150 Pokemon are the only well-designed ones. The catching pokemon and battling seemed extremely streamlined and seems to lack depth.
If my device miraculously runs this, I might give it a try though, maybe there's a part of the equation I'm overlooking.
@abbyhitter Well sounds like your phone's battery drains much too quickly based on what you were saying.
Honestly I'm not going to even bother if it's only Gen 1 pokemon. I wouldn't consider until there's at least 2 or 3 gens worth.
1:05 is how I feel about the avatar
The jurys out, it's just a spin-off not a main title, I'll give it a poke but I'm not expecting to much (that way I won't be too disappointed).
some day, gens 2-6
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