In our lives, we are faced with multiple hard decisions – one of the first we face as a child is which Pokémon to start our adventure on the Pokémon world: Bulbasaur, Squirtle or Charmander. I’ve always picked the same, Charmander. Come on, let’s face it, he’s pretty cool. Recently, Niantic announced the launch of a new Pokemon App game and we couldn’t be more excited. Pokémon GO will be released sometime in 2016, alongside the Pokémon Go Plus, a small wearable device which uses a Bluetooth connection to notify users when a Pokémon is nearby with a LED and a light rumble. Sound awesome, right?
Everything We Know So Far
- The App will be available at the App Store and Google Play. That means that pretty much everybody will have access to this game. It will be a free app with in-app purchases.
- Pokémon Go Plus will work as an add-on. It’s a portable device that allows players to enjoy the game even if they’re not on their smartphones. The device will connect to the smartphone via Bluetooth and will notify the player about a Pokémon nearby.
- Pokémon can be found everywhere, all around the world. There will be Pokémon 5 minutes away from your home (hopefully not a Metapod). However, you won’t be able to find all of them at one place. They will be distributed accordingly to their type. For example: if you want to catch a Water-type Pokémon you’ll have to look near the ocean or a lake. So if you live far from those places you’ll have to travel to catch one of them.
- There will be PokeStops located in places like a public art installation, historical markets, and monuments. There, you will be able to buy Poke Items.
- Trainers have to increase their level. The higher your trainer level is, the more powerful Pokémon you’ll have to catch to complete your Pokedex. You’ll also have access to more powerful items which will help you to have a better shot at catching them. Some Pokémon can evolve if the same species is caught on multiple occasions.
- Trainers will be encouraged to join one of three teams. Once you join a team, you’ll have the ability to assign Pokémon you’ve caught to empty Gym locations or to a location where a team member has placed one of his or her Pokémon.
- It’s starting to be beta-tested. The game is being beta-tested in countries like Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The first reactions have been mixed but considering this are tests we can all assume it will only get better.
What We Expect From Pokémon GO
We still don’t know how the capture of Pokémon will unfold, but the first signs doesn’t seem to indicate that it will be done via combat. And that’s a bummer. Hopefully this won’t be the case and Niantic will add this feature.
We’re not sure about any tournaments but it would be really cool if they existed. We hope we can have regional and national tournaments, which would select the players that could join a World Championship. One can only hope that’s the case.
The hopes are very high for this game and everyone expects the best Pokémon game to date. We can’t wait to try it out and we’ll sure keep you updated. You can wait for a review from us too and hopefully we’ll meet around the world for a battle. What are your expectations? Let us know what is your favorite Pokémon on the comments below.