If you’re a Pókemon fan through and through, as I have been ever since picking up Pókemon Blue and discovering those first 150 creatures, then this surely is a game to try out.
Pókemon Go is a collaboration of Niantic, The Pókemon Company and Nintendo to bring us not only their first mobile exclusive game but an augmented reality one at that, as celebration of 20 years of Pókemon. Along with a Bluetooth Pókeball device, Pókemon Go ‘Plus’, players can discover Pókemon by venturing into the real world with their mobile device to try and Catch ‘Em All.
Unlike their previous Pókemon games, Pókemon Go is meant to be a shared and truly multiplayer experience through trading, battling and training your Pókemon, whilst on the move. The Pókemon Go Plus device will light up and rumble when a Pókemon has been located which is all done via GPS and location settings. This will supposedly work by, for example, water Pókemon being only available near rivers or seas, grass Pókemon in fields and forests and the list goes on. It’ll be interesting to see where fire Pókemon will be located.
At E3 will got a taster at some of the features that Pókemon Go will incorporate. What is currently being described as, “candies”, the more a player catches a specific Pókemon, the more candies they will receive in order to evolve that Pókemon. As this was only described using the field testing app, this may all change but with rumored release dates towards the end of July this year, we can presume this feature will remain.
This week, field testers received an email saying, “On June 30th, we’ll shut down the Pókemon GO field test. Your app will not be playable any more and we’ll delete all gameplay data to prepare for the official launch. Stay tuned to our social channels for more information.”
As July creeps in, we presume that they are getting ready to release the game to thousands of kids, teenagers and adults alike who have grown up with this franchise and who, like myself, are itching to download and run around catching as many as we can. A little nostalgia for my generation was given by Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of the Pókemon Company, when he announced that only the first 150 Pokemon from the original Kanto region will be available to begin with.
Although no firm release date, the Nintendo UK store has the Pókemon Go Plus device available to pre-order, although only one per customer, with shipment estimated as only “end of July“. The device is £34.99 with free shipping. Amazon US has a listing for the device but as yet, has no devices to actually sell.
Pókemon Go app will free-to-play and downloadable straight from the Play Store or the Apple App Store when its released.
So lets all feel slightly nostalgic and jump into Ash Ketchum’s shoes, run around tall grass to catch a glimpse of Pidgey or Caterpie, even if it’s through our phones.