Latest reports suggest that Niantic CEO John Hanke will make known the release date for the much-awaited Pokémon GO and other details about the game in the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC) scheduled to hold in San Francisco, California in March.
A tweet from Gamespot on the news reads,
— GameSpot (@gamespot) February 4, 2016
The initial speculations that the game will come on its 20th anniversary (February 27) seems to be flawed. The game is expected to be free for mobile but of course, there will definitely be some paid features.
The official announcement from GDC website revealed that Hanke will be holding a discussion on everything about the augmented reality game, Pokémon GO. Participants that sign up for the event will be the early birds to know the dynamics of the game.
The short description on the GDC website reads, “Over the last three years, Niantic, Inc. has been defining the genre of Real World gaming, using smartphones and tablets to connect the digital world to the physical world.”
Earlier, we brought you the news that the Super Bowl ad was carefully designed to promote Pokemon and Pokemon Z but there is an interesting tweet from seemingly Pokemon Go US which is saying otherwise. The tweet reads,
— Pokemon Go US (@PokemonGoUS) February 7, 2016
According to Yibada reports, “Pokemon Go is poised as an innovation in the mobile gaming field. It aims to bridge the digital world and the physical world with the help of its companion device, the Go Plus, which will come out on the date of the game’s release.”
The new game will be free and has an accompanying wearable device which can be synchronised with your gaming device using Bluetooth.
9to5Mac threw more light on the wearable device, “This new wearable is called Pokemon Go Plus. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and flashes its built-in LED light to notify you of nearby players as well as virtual Pokemon you can catch. For example, say you’re on your morning commute on the subway. Pokemon Go Plus will ping your wrist to let you know that a virtual Charizard is closely located. After capturing, you’ll be able to train and battle with that new character.”
Niantic’s opinion is that Pokemon Go will be the beginning of more augmented reality games and said, “The next evolution of augmented reality and real-world mobile gameplay experiences…bring new games to the market.”
Pokemon Z is also rumoured to be under development and there are speculations it may be released by the end of the year or early next year.