Today Niantic announced Party Play, a rather interesting new feature coming to its ultra-popular mobile game Pokemon GO.
According to the announcement, the feature, that will go online on October 17, prompts players of level 15 or above to team up in group of four to adventure together in a shared game experience.
Players will be able to create a party and they will be given a numerical or QR code to share with their friends, allowing them to join into the fun.
Parties will be prompted to complete Party Challenges within three different choices. These include spinning PokéStops, battling in raids, catching Pokémon, and more. Completing each challenge will net in-game rewards.
If you happen to tackle a raid with your friends in a party you'll get a "Party Power" bonus. It charges with every Fast attack and lets you deal double damage with the next Charged Attack. The more party members you have, the faster your Party Power grows.
This is likely to make party play super effective (you see what I did here) while fighting in raids, contributing to more social play during these events, that already serve to gather players in a certain location.
The Party tab in your player profile lets you keep track of details and activities and a new special research titled Welcome Party lets you get exclusive Eevee shirts, which you can see above. They feature Eevee itself and its classic evolutions Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon.
Pokemon GO is currently available for iOS and Android.