Just a few days ago we showed you a video of AR game Pokemon Go, which was displayed during a panel discussion at SXSW headed by Niantic's CEO John Hanke. Niantic is the company that is partnering with Ninteno to produce Pokemon Go. Using your smartphone and an accessory that looks like a Pokeball, you become an actual Pokemon trainer looking to capture pocket monsters.
Once you snag a Pokemon in the wild, he is yours to trade and fight. To capture a Pokemon, you need to throw a Pokeball at it by tapping on your smartphone screen. But you are going to have to purchase a Pokeball at a PokéStop. The latter will be located at real life museums and other similar locations. Such stores will also sell Pokemon eggs that will hatch faster the more you walk. That gives you an incentive to stay on your feet and continue searching for Pokemon and other trainers.
Speaking of exploring, you will find AR Pokemon in areas related to the type of Pokemon that they are. For example, a water Pokemon like Squirtle will be more likely to appear in areas near you where there is water found. Bulbasaur, a grass-type Pokemon, will be more likely to appear in a forest. Pokemon Go allows you to work yourself up through the ranks and as you reach higher levels as a trainer, you will be allowed to catch more powerful creatures and obtain better tools like a Great Ball.
The Pokemon Go Plus accessory that we alluded to above is a wearable that has a tear drop design, but also looks like a Pokeball. This device will vibrate and light up when you are near a Pokemon.
Pokemon Go will be beta tested in Japan, and will be launched for iOS and Android in 2016.
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