The video game that has been dominating the headlines over the past 24 hours, Pokémon Go, is set to launch in early 2016, according to its developer Niantic.
Furthermore, the former Google subsidiary has confirmed that the augmented reality mobile title will enter a closed beta this winter, much earlier than expected. The announcement comes by way of the latest ‘Ingress Report‘, the weekly news bulletin for the studio’s existing project, the AR MMO Ingress. More information is promised over the course of the coming months.
As announced during a Pokémon Company livestream yesterday, Pokémon Go is being co-developed by Niantic and Nintendo. The title will run on smart devices, and will allows players to discover Pokémon in the real world using their phone or tablet’s camera, with the game utilising real location information to encourage players to search far and wide for those rarest of creatures.
Pokémon Go will be a free-to-play Android and iOS title that will make use of in-game purchases, according to its official website.