The PokÃ©mon video games have always used real-world locations as inspiration for its settings. Kanto isn“t just the region from the first games; it“s an actual place in Japan. And I“ve talked at length about how the Unova region borrows elements from both New York City and L.A., at times. Earlier this morning, in a press conference outlining â€œnew business strategiesâ€, the PokÃ©mon Company and new partners Niantic, Inc. officially announced PokÃ©mon GO for iOs and Android devices.
This new collaboration will effectively bring PokÃ©mon to the real world by way of mobile platforms. Players will be able to catch and battle PokÃ©mon found in their neighborhoods and anywhere conceivable, across the entire world. Junichi Masuda, director of the PokÃ©mon video games, will be involved in these efforts. He“ll be thinking of ways to make the game as fun as it possibly can be, as well as â€œthinking of ways to connect this project with the main series of PokÃ©mon video gamesâ€. PokÃ©mon GO will be free-to-play, but it“ll have in-app purchases.
If you“re looking to get the most you can from PokÃ©mon GO, there is also a unique device coming dubbed PokÃ©mon GO Plus. Thanks to Bluetooth technology, folks need just press a button to catch PokÃ©mon, without the need to even look at their smart phones. Flashing and rumbling from the device will alert them when PokÃ©mon are nearby in the real world.
And there we have it. The concept envisioned by PokÃ©mon GO creators spins an entirely new thread in the PokÃ©mon world--augmented reality, and encouraging players to explore their own world. We“ll offer more information as it comes, but in the meantime--here“s the
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