It’s been over a month since we put out our last Everything we Know about Pokémon GO piece and given as how there has been some new developments since then, it’s time we updated the info so far. Below you will find a complete run through of everything official we’ve heard, along with some rumours, so let’s begin.
Now we could very easily bog you down with all of the specifics starting from the beginning, but odds are you’ll already know half of it already, so instead we are going to start with only the latest info so far before going into everything else that has already come to light, so with that in mind, let’s start with today’s latest reveal.
Among the new details shared are PokéStops, areas which are located as places of interest, such as historic monuments, public art installations, etc. Visiting the PokéStops will enable you to get your hands on items for the game, such as Poké Balls and Pokémon eggs, which just like in the main games, will require you to walk around, whilst playing the mobile game, in order to make it hatch. The Pokémon that will come from the eff could be one you’ve seen already, or a new Pokémon entirely that you had yet to witness in your area.
Moving on to actual gameplay, you will be able to gain levels as a Trainer. (Why level the Pokémon up when you can level up the actual Trainer instead?) Levelling up is key as the higher your Trainer level, the likely you are of catching power Pokémon. You’ll also then have access to better items, such as Great Balls and catching Pokémon in general, which literally involves throwing a Poké Ball by tapping the screen.
As far as evolving your Pokémon goes, well that’s something new altogether, because instead of levelling up to a certain level, you will have to catch multiple versions of the Pokémon you aim to evolve and eventually you will be given the opportunity to evolve one of them.
Then on the subject of game progression, at a certain point in the game you will be asked to join one of three possible teams. As soon as you have sworn your loyalty to your chosen team, you’ll be given the right to assign the Pokémon you’ve caught to an empty Gym location, or at a Gym where a team member has placed one of theirs. You can only assign one Pokémon to one location, where it will then work together with your team-mates fellow Pokémon.
Just in case the Gym you wanted to place one of your Pokémon in is already taken by another team, you can then challenge the Gym and in the event that you win, thus beating the Pokémon belong to a rival team, you can then claim that Gym for your team. Pokémon GO will also consist of in-game achievements in the form of meals, which will appear on your player profile.
All of the news above came about, after last week’s unofficial video leak, which enabled the likes of gamers all over the world, to finally see the game in action, even if it was just a minute of video. The footage had its debut at the South by Southwest convention and if you haven’t seen it yet, you can find it below:
This footage, which didn’t exactly give everything away, was our first true taste of what to expect from the upcoming game and is very welcomed nonetheless. John Hanke of Niantic (the company who are working with the Pokémon Company), was scheduled to give a presentation at GDC 2016 regarding Pokémon GO, called “Catch ‘Em All: Pokémon GO and Real World Gaming.” This presentation was going to be the 30 minutes where we could finally get a real feel for this game and see what it is all about, but unfortunately the presentation was cancelled, by John Hanke.
The reason for the cancellation was due to the fact that with the game being so close to ready for beta testing, he’d rather focus all efforts on that and the actual release of the finish project than to go ahead with the presentation. Well the good news is that beta testing is a go as Pokémon GO is ready for field-testing, in Japan, which will commence at the end of March. Beta testing won’t solely be restricted to the Pokémon Company’s home nation, as it is planned to take place in other countries as well, but Japan is where they intend to start, just as they intend to release the game (when it is finally finished), in Japan first before it will then release in the likes of North America and Europe before the rest of the world.
There is still time to sign up to be a beta tester for the game, but it is currently restricted to those who do reside in Japan, so if you are one of those lucky few, you can use the link below to sign up now:
Over the last few months there have been a lot of issues with signing up for a beta version of the game due to ongoing scams run by a number of websites that keep popping up all over the internet. However after warnings issued by the Pokémon Company, the scams seem to have ceased, for now anyway, but if the possibility of being scammed does put you off wanting to sign up for being a beta tester, the good news is that all rumours and everything else continues to point towards an end of Spring/start of Summer release, so it’s not like we’d have that long to wait. That being said, should you still wish to sign up, just know that the sign-up process for Pokémon GO beta testing, does require you to have a Google/Gmail e-mail address, and make sure you have either an iPhone5 or an Android phone running on Android version 4.3 or higher. Not everyone who does sign-up will get to beta test the game as players will be selected at random. Those who are chosen will be notified of such and be asked to provide feedback on the game, which goes without saying.
Now because we did share the SXSW footage above, we feel it is only natural to share more as we are the kind of news outlet that likes to share opinions of others, as well as our own. Below we have two videos from Team Atlas GO, who uploaded these vids onto YouTube of them analyzing the SXSW footage. Enjoy:
Certainly a few things here that are worth considering and now that we’ve got all the recent news out the way, it’s time to go all the way back to the beginning and ask just what is Pokémon GO? (Purely for those who don’t know already. You can feel free to skip this part, unless you fancy reading through it). Well Pokémon GO is to be one of the latest instalments in Pokémon games. It is in no way connected to the series of main Generation games, but is full of all the core values and elements that make a Pokémon game what it is. Also unlike the games in the main series and most of the spin offs, Pokémon GO will not be appearing on Nintendo’s home console or its handheld, due to the fact that this is to be a mobile game for iOS and Android devices.
The Pokémon GO game/app is being developed by the Pokémon Company and Niantic, who were of course the company behind the augmented reality game Ingress, which was a hit for Android and iOS devices. Now as for the location for this all new Pokémon adventure, it’s your location. No new region needed when Pokémon GO can play out all across our very own planet. We are the trainers and our surroundings are now the home to many different kinds of Pokémon.
If you didn’t know already, Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game that uses our phone’s camera to show us Pokémon calling our surroundings home. Depending on our type of location, the Pokémon we come across will vary, but that’s okay because that’s what trading is for and Pokémon GO will be compatible with the Pokémon Bank, so it doesn’t matter who you come up against, because you will be able to battle and catch them nonetheless and trade them for a Pokémon you do want. And in the event you’d rather stick to battling, you can battle rival team members and Gyms, as mentioned far above, but you can also actually work together with others to take down more powerful opponents, such as Mewtwo, as seen in the trailer for Pokémon.
Pokémon GO will not be a singular release because besides another Pokémon game coming to mobile, Pokémon Ko-Master, a free to play mobile game for iOS and Android devices, it will also be getting its own additional gadget which will see its release along with the game. Unlike Pokémon GO, the Pokémon GO Plus is not a free device and will require purchasing and if you’re wondering as to just what kind of use this device will serve, well read on because we have the details here. The Pokémon GO Plus, essentially a smartwatch, is similar to a wristwatch and is worn on your wrist. It isn’t a requirement for the game, but it is an offered option, which can make your experience with the game easier as the Pokémon GO Plus is able to connect to your phone via bluetooth and will notify you that there are Pokémon in your vicinity by vibrating, without you having to check your phone constantly and it can be used for performing in-game actions as well.Now just like I said before, from everything we know so far, those of you who do get Pokémon GO on your phones, it is most likely your mobile device will need to be connected to the internet during gameplay, so have fun and play to your heart’s content, but just make sure you don’t rake up a huge phone bill in the process.
It is however something of a large shame that the footage we have finally received doesn’t give away all that much, especially when it wasn’t that long ago that Nintendo forked out a whopping $5 million dollars just to have an ad play during the Super Bowl, regarding Pokémon GO but instead of actually giving away details of having any kind of footage whatsoever, it was more about sending out a message, a message of “I can do that,” meaning “You can do that!” If you never saw the ad, then you are one of a few who didn’t and can correct that by watching the ad below:
Once again, this has been our complete run-down of everything we know about Pokémon GO, and we hope it has taught you things you didn’t know about the game and reaffirmed the things that you did. Thank you for reading and be sure to let us hear from you in the comments.
Till next time folks. You’re never too old to get your GAME on! And don’t forget to check back often because as soon as more news drops, we’ll be sure to share it!
This post was written by Solid Jack