A few weeks ago, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company announced a new mobile Pokémon game called Pokémon GO. The new game brings Pokémon into the real world through a sort of augmented reality system.
Why should you be getting excited about Pokémon GO on Android? Here are some of the reasons people are already calling it the biggest mobile game release of 2016:
You Can Buy a Pokémon GO Plus Accessory
Not all Pokémon GO actions will be completed using your smartphone. You can also buy a Pokémon GO Plus accessory that you can use to capture Pokémon.
The GO Plus will light up and vibrate when Pokémon-related events are detected nearby (like a nearby Pokémon). Then, you press a single button to catch that Pokémon. You can also use the Plus to perform a variety of other Pokémon-related tasks – although we don’t know the full range of those tasks yet.
The accessory will rely on a Bluetooth connection with your mobile device.
The device itself uses a watch-like strap and attaches to your wrist. It has a Pokeball image on the face. You won’t need the device in order to use the app.
The App is Free
Pokémon GO is free to play, but you can expect to encounter a wide range of in-app purchases along the way.
These in-app purchases are the biggest question mark surrounding the game thus far. Will you have to pay to explore beyond the basic areas? Will you need to pay to win? Pay to capture certain Pokémon? This is one area that can make or break the game. But with the base game being free, anyone who wants to try Pokémon GO can check it out at no cost.
Capture, Battle, Train and Trade Pokémon
The core Pokémon gameplay has remained the same across trading cards and games over the years: you have always been able to capture, trade, train, and battle your Pokémon against other players.
Pokémon GO will retain these core elements, although the specific details have remained murky. Can you battle anyone in the world? Nearby players? Random strangers? We don’t know – but we’re excited nonetheless.
It Will Be a Very Social Game
We know that Nintendo takes social gameplay seriously. In an announcement in Pokemon.com, the Pokémon Company claims that “the Pokémon video game series has always valued open and social experiences, such as connecting with other players to enjoy trading and battling Pokémon.”
The announcement went on to explain that players will be able to “explore their neighborhoods, communities, and the world they live in to discover Pokémon alongside friends and other players.”
Watch This Video and Try Not to Get Excited
In case you missed the Pokémon GO hype train that was rolling through the internet a few weeks ago, you should watch this video to get call caught up. The video shows the basic premise of the game – you follow augmented reality markers around the world to find various Pokémon, then catch those Pokémon with a click.
Check it out for yourself:
It’s Been In Development for Over 2 Years
Pokémon GO wasn’t a spur of the moment decision by Nintendo and the Pokémon Company. The game has been in development for over 2 years. When the game is finally released, it will have been 20 years since the release of the original Pokémon games. Doesn’t that make you feel old?
We’ll Learn More Very Soon
After the game was announced, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company claimed that more information would be available in the middle of October. Stay tuned to Search4Roots.com for all your Pokémon GO-related information as we move forward.
Pokémon GO will be available sometime in 2016.