Today The Pokemon Company has provided some gameplay details regarding their upcoming free-to-play title, Pokemon GO.
Announced last year as an augmented reality title that would encourage players to explore real world locations to find, capture, battle, and trade Pokemon, details regarding its key geographical locations have provided us an image into how the game will operate. Much like the game, different types of Pokemon such as water types may only appear in certain geographical locations, such as beaches or nearby lakes. Though unlike the games, capturing Pokemon will not require players to battle it out against them. Instead, this will new system rely more on your trainers skill level and the type of Poke Balls you have in stock.
Evolving Pokemon is still present within Pokemon GO. However, players can only evolve their creatures once they’re able to procure a certain amount of the same Pokemon.
Much like the games, Pokemon GO will also utilize a similar supply system to the main series Poke Marts. With the incorporation of PokeStops, players will be encouraged to explore public areas such as art galleries, historical markers, and key attractions, to replenish their Poke Balls and procure other useful items. It is said that Pokemon GO will make out use out of “In-App” purchases, so with that it most likely suggested that this might have something to do with the PokeStops.
Within their press release, details have also shown that once players reach a particular point in the game, they’ll be asked to join one of three teams competitive teams. Once assigned, players will be encouraged to uncover empty gym locations, which in turn provides them the ability to store Pokemon within these locations. Gym locations where team members have already claimed, can also be used to store Pokemon.
While there no details released as of yet into what benefits each team will provide for players, it is said that rival gyms can also challenge each other for the territorial rights of these bases. With that, it is essential that players work together in fortifying gym defenses.
In addition to the new gameplay information, an image has also revealed one of the proposed designs for the upcoming Pokemon GO Plus device. Similar to an Apple Watch, the peripheral will sync up to smartphones via a Bluetooth connection, and will alert players on events and nearby Pokemon. Players can also use the watch to catch nearby Pokemon.
In addition to catching Pokemon and exploring, Pokemon GO will also make use out of an achievement based system. This system rewards players ‘medals’ after completing certain challenges, such as catching Pokemon and exploring certain areas.
Earlier last week, a video leak (below) of Pokemon Go’s gameplay surfaced from the South by Southwest media festival. Given the newly released images from The Pokemon Company’s press release, the video does appear to be legitimate. Though at this time, it is worth noting that the game is still in active development, as Japan is scheduling for some field tests later on in the year.
What are your thoughts on Pokemon GO? Do you think it’s about time for Nintendo to be releasing Pokemon games for the mobile market? How do you feel about the design for the Pokemon GO Plus peripheral? Let us know in the comments below!