Pokemon Go is a new game that relies on augmented reality technology to enable players to play Pokemon in real-life. Sign ups for the Pokemon Go U.S. beta went live just last week after the beta was launched in Australia and New Zealand. Those who had signed up in time and have been accepted to take part in the beta will now be able to take the new game for a spin, even though it’s not quite out of beta yet.
Players will have the opportunity to find and catch more than a hundred Pokemon in the game. Their phones will automatically buzz when they’re out and about, and there’s a Pokemon nearby. A Pokemon Go Plus wristband will be sold separately as well. It will light up and buzz when Pokemon are nearby and can be captured.
Poke Balls and other related items can be found at “PokeStops,” which are located in real world locations like historical markers, public art installations and monuments. The game will also invite players to become part of a team and participate in Gym Battles. Gyms are also found in real-life locations.
Those who are interested in testing out the beta can still sign up to be considered for access. The full launch of Pokemon Go is scheduled for later this year. It will be free for iOS and Android but will include microtransactions, players will be able to purchase in-game PokeCoins using real money, the PokeCoins can be spent on power-ups and other items in the game.