You know you gotta catch ‘em all, but do you how?
Nintendo has finally released some new details about the upcoming Pokémon smartphone game, letting users know what they should expect from the app. Because it combines traditional game techniques and augmented reality, the classics will finally come into the real world.
It won’t be until later in 2016 that Pokémon Go will finally be rolled out to Android and iOS devices, but until then, let’s see how you’ll be able to create your own army and make them fight.
The creators have been rather secretive about how it’ll all work, but it was worth it. As most Pokémon-related things, it starts with the catching. The little critters are spread all around the world, and your phone will vibrate if you get near one.
Using your phone’s location data, the app will determine the type of Pokémon you can catch in your area – this is the augmented reality bit that makes things so much more attractive.
For example, some Pokémon will favor some environments over others; you’re most likely to find a Water-type near bodies of water than in urban areas.
Once a Pokémon’s location has been determined, and your phone has spotted the AR critter, you have to use a Poke Ball to capture it. These balls – and some more items – can be found and obtained from PokeStops.
According to the description, PokeStops are found at “interesting places, such as public art installations, historical markers and monuments.” They are a helpful hand, allowing players to collect necessary items, like Poke Balls and Pokémon Eggs (these hatch when you follow a certain number of steps).
Pokémon Go players will also compete against each other with the Pokémon they’ve caught. Winning battles allows you to level up and advance in the gameplay.
According to the latest news release, players will also be able to join one of three factions in the game. This competition fight over control of Pokémon Gyms spread all around the world at real locations.
When you visit a Gym, you can assign a Pokémon to either defend it or attack it. It makes sense: the more battles you engage in (and win) and the more new Pokémon you capture, the higher your Trainer rank climbs.
As the game is still in development, the creators have yet to disclose a release date for Pokémon Go. We hope this year won’t pass before we get to battle Pokémon.
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