Several years ago Google launched an app called Ingress on Android. Basically this was Google’s attempt at creating a game based on augmented reality, where gamers would go out into the real world with their phones in order to progress in the game. The concept and technology opens the doors to all sorts of possibilities, and now catching Pokémon will be one of them.
The game is dubbed Pokémon GO and it will be made by Nintendo in a collaboration with Google’s Niantic Labs. The game is pretty straightforward and it is more or less Pokémon in real life. Players, or trainers as they will be known as, will go about real-world locations in order to catch Pokémon.
They will also be able to trade and battle other trains via the app. Alternatively Nintendo will also be developing a separate Bluetooth device that can alert them to nearby events that are taking place. According to John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, “Our partnership with The Pokémon Company and Nintendo is an exciting step forward in real-world gaming and using technology to help players discover the world and people around them.”
The game is expected to see a release in 2016 where it will be available for free on iOS and Android devices. If you’d like to get a better idea of what to expect, check out the video above.