Yesterday saw more details revealed about Pokemon GO, and there was a lot of details.
Pokémon GO will allow players to find and catch more than a hundred different Pokémon as they explore their surroundings. As players move through the world around them, their phones will vibrate to let them know a Pokémon is nearby. Once they have encountered a Pokémon, they can attempt to catch it by using the phone’s touch screen to throw a Poké Ball. Poké Balls and other special items can be found at PokéStops, which are located at interesting places such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments.
Pokemon GO players will be encouraged to join teams as they travel around the real world. Players can then engage in battles at Pokemon Gyms with their teams. Pokemon Gyms are also found in real life locations. Once teams have defeated a Pokemon Gym they can assign their Pokemon to defend the gym. Pokemon Gyms work on a prestige system. Defeating a gym lowers it’s prestige. Once the prestige reaches zero, the winning team will take control of that gym. Defeating challengers raises the prestige of the gym, and as prestige increases more Pokemon can be assigned to defend that gym. Battling is very common place in Pokemon games, so it should be no surprise that battling will be in Pokemon GO. Players can use their own Pokemon’s attacks to attempt to beat their opponent, while also swiping left or right to try to avoid enemy attacks.
Players interact with one-another via their customised trainers. These trainers can be customised to have a unique appearance. Players can choose a range of different clothes and accessories to make their avatar stand out from everyone else. The customized Trainer image will appear on the map as the player moves around, as well as on the profile page. Trainer avatars will also appear in Gyms under their team’s control.
A device known as the Pokemon Go Plus will enable players to enjoy Pokemon GO without looking at their smartphones. The device connects to the player’s phone via Bluetooth and will notify the wearer as to any in-game events (such as the appearance of a nearby Pokemon) using an LED light and by vibrating. Players can also perform simple actions or catch Pokemon by simply pressing a button on the Pokemon GO Plus device.
Pokemon GO will be a free download on the App Store and Google Play. Of course as always with free games there will be in-game purchases for those who wish to buy them. Players can buy PokeCoins, which are the in-game currency. PokeCoins can be exchanged on the App Store and Google Play for power-ups and extra items. Pokemon GO is still in development so the the design below in the gallery may change when the game launches. Until we receive news of that a gallery of screenshots is available below.
Are you guys looking forward to Pokemon GO? This is one step closer to what I’ve been dreaming of since I was a kid playing these games. Bring on the holograms! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. New details have been released about the gameplay of Pokemon GO, as well as some screenshots