Pokémon Go: a real life open world game
People have been begging Nintendo for decades to make an open world Pokémon game. Now Nintendo finally answers the call and is working together with The Pokémon Company and Niantic to bring one of system sellers to mobile. Que dramatic soundbite: Dumn, Dumn, Duummmn
Nintendo and The Pokémon Company need no further introduction Niantic is better known for Ingress a Strategic Altered Reality Location Based Game mobile/PC game (I am coining SARLEG).
What is Pokémon Go?
Pokémon Go is a location based mobile game for iOS and Android. Players can travel to real world locations, similar to Destiny of Spirits, to find and capture location specific Pokémen. There is also a cool looking Bluetooth wristband that will work with Pokémon Go. This optional accessory, presumably special edition is called Pokémon Go Plus. The wristband will notify players via vibrating and visual indicators about in game actions, additionally the facebuttons on the wristband can be used for in game control.
Imagine walking around famous landmarks like the Statue of liberty, Arce the Triumph etc. and while enjoying the scope of the scenery getting a ping from your Pokémon Go Plus… time to catch ‘em all
You’ll take out your phone and use the back camera to scan the surroundings for hints on where the Pokémon can be found. The live action gameplay trailer below also indicates that players can fight alongside or against each other (during timed events)
Like Ingress, which has quite the dedicated cult following, it will be interesting to see how this rather niche game genre might explode now that the Pokémon brand is thrown into the mix. Hopefully, sharing and collecting Pokémon from locations most will never be able to visit will be baked into the gameplay.