Video games are fun, that’s a given, but we sometimes can’t play video games forever. So what if you took video games and threw them into the real world? That’s Pokémon GO in a nutshell.
Pokémon GO is a new app from The Pokémon Company, Nintendo, and Niantic, that allows players to take the Pokémon experience into the real world. This adorable little free-to-play mobile game is set to launch on Android and iOS in 2016 and offers the chance for players to search, capture, and battle Pokémon in real life… sort of.
A brand new announcement trailer, which you can see above, explains it a whole lot better, but it seems Pokémon will be hidden around your usual haunts as well as in new places, and you’ll be given waypoints to follow. From here you can then choose to capture these Pokémon to add to your collection to then battle and trade with other players.
With the app, players can also grab a little accompanying gadget called the Pokémon Go Plus, a little device which alerts players to nearby Pokémon, when they’ve been attacked, and much more, all on the users wrist or in their pocket.
Pokémon GO is being developed by Niantic, a company originally founded by Google Earth co-creator John Hanke as a start-up within Google. The company is known for creating Ingress, an augmented reality mobile game which spans the entire world.
No release date has been given for the app or the Pokémon Go Plus other than 2016. The game will be free to play, again, no word on how much the Pokémon Go Plus will cost.