Pokémon is probably one of the first games everyone in our generation has played (on a Gameboy). The original game was created in 1995 by Satoshi Tajiri, and has been a great success selling 270 million games. The game started on a Gameboy, and has been turned into different versions for all Nintendo platforms and consoles, an anime television show, card games, comics, movies and magazines. And although it has been 20 years and most people have forgotten about all the fun they had playing this game, the creators of Pokémon didn’t forget about us. They teamed up with Niantic (developer of an augmented reality game called Ingress) and are putting their game in a very 2.0 or even 3.0 jacket, and with some help of new technologies are going to release this new and improved version of the game in 2016 for android and iOS.
As you can see in the video above, the creators of Pokémon Go have used augmented reality, to create a PokéWorld within our own. This enables you to actually walk out the door and start catching Pokémon. The game will probably be using GPS to determine where players are, what Pokémon are near them and what possible opponents are near them. You will use your smartphone’s camera to see the world around you, and the application will add an extra layer to reality, featuring your favourite game. Players can trade Pokémon with other players via their smartphones, and are able to fight each other. And although the game is going to be nowhere near as cool as the trailer, this entire new way of gaming gives a great view of the future of this branch, especially when combined with technologies like Google Glass, or the even better Microsoft Hololens.
The video has been watched more than fifteen million times since it was uploaded two weeks ago and has become a viral success. The game will also be accompanied by a wearable technology called Pokémon Go Plus, which will enable players to play, without having to look at their smartphone non-stop. It’s connected to the game via Bluetooth, and will let you know if a Pokémon is nearby. The device, which is shaped like a Pokéball, also lets you catch Pokémon and perform other simple tasks by pressing the button.
The game developer Niantic is looking to update the world of gaming with all new technologies that have become available, and are successfully looking for new ways of gameplay.