Explore your surroundings to catch them all in Pokémon GO.  The Pokémon Company and Niantic Inc have revealed some new details about the anticipated mobile game.   Players can progress through the game with their trainer as their level increase, allowing them to capture stronger Pokémon and gain access to more items.  Some wild Pokémon appear only in their native environments; for example, Water-type Pokémon may only appear near lakes and oceans. As players explore the world around them, their phones will vibrate to let them know a Pokémon is nearby. Once they have encountered a Pokémon, it can be caught by using the phone’s touch screen to throw a Poké Ball. Poké Balls and other special items can be found at PokéStops located at interesting places such as public art installations, historical markers and monuments.
Some Pokémon can be evolved if the same species is caught on multiple occasions. Pokémon Eggs, which can be found at PokéStops, will hatch after players walk a certain distance. Players will be able to impress their friends by unlocking achievement medals that are earned by completing a variety of challenges.

During gameplay, Pokémon GO players will be encouraged to join one of three teams and engage in Gym battles with other teams. Once they have joined a team, players will have the ability to assign their Pokémon to empty Gyms. Like PokéStops, Gyms can be found at real locations in the world, and because only one Pokémon per player can be placed at a given Gym, team members will need to work together to build a strong defense. A Gym claimed by one team can be challenged by the other two teams.

The Pokemon Company will also offer a portable device called Pokemon Go Plus, a bracelet-like item that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and lets you know when Pokemon are nearby via LED and vibration. Pricing and availability details for the Plus add-on have not yet been announced.

Pokémon GO will launch later this year on the App Store and Google Play.


Chris McCall

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