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Niantic Shares A Look at Pokémon Go

The Pokémon Company and Niantic have revealed some new info and screenshots for their upcoming mobile game, Pokémon Go. The images show a world map and the trainer’s avatar. Wild Pokémon will appear as the trainer walks around in the real world. Upon sighting one, users will have the opportunity to throw a Pokéball and attempt to capture it. As the trainer levels up from performing various activities, better items like Great Balls will become available.

Squirtle used water gun. It's super-effective! Smartphone short-circuited. Trainer had a heart attack.
Squirtle used water gun. It’s super-effective! Smartphone short-circuited. Trainer had a heart attack.

Two other locations, gyms and PokéStops, will be found near certain real-world locations. The Stops will allow trainers to acquire items and possibly eggs, which will hatch after a certain amount of real-world steps are taken. Gyms come into play after reaching a certain point in Go. Trainers will be asked to join one of three teams. Upon doing so, they will be able to place one of their Pokémon at a friendly gym to help guard it from the enemy teams. Only one Pokémon can be left at each gym. Of course, players can also challenge enemy gyms to take take control of them, provided their Pokémon can defeat the guards.

A separate accessory in the form of a wrist watch, Pokémon Go Plus, will be released that communicates with users’ smartphones via bluetooth. It will alert trainers when wild Pokémon or other significant elements are nearby without the need for them to pay constant attention to their phones. Players can perform certain actions by pressing the buttons on the Plus, such as catching Pokémon or other basic actions. This peripheral is not necessary, but may come in handy for trainers who would rather keep their phones pocketed and their hands free.

More details to be revealed in the future.

There is no official release date for Pokémon Go, but it is expected to launch sometime this year for iOS and Android devices

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