First Gameplay Details and Screenshots for Pokemon Go

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The Pokemon Company has shared the first gameplay details and screenshots for Pokemon GO.

The upcoming smartphone app sees players using real geological locations to find Pokemon, in-game. Pokemon Gyms will be found in real-life locations as well, where players will have to team up to take down gym leaders (you only get one Pokemon slot for gym battles)

Here are the screenshots:

You can find all of the information below:

In Pokémon GO, players around the globe will explore their surroundings to find and catch wild Pokémon hiding in our midst. 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.

As players progress through Pokémon GO, their Trainer level will increase, enabling them to capture more-powerful Pokémon and gain access to more items. 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.

With real-life surroundings providing a backdrop for encounters with wild Pokémon, this unique Pokémon game represents the next generation of Niantic’s “Real World” gaming platform, which combines mobile location technology and Augmented Reality to create a gaming experience that motivates players to go outside and explore the world around them.

Pokemon GO is set to release sometime later this year worldwide, for iOS and Android devices.

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Brandon Orselli


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  1. BaronKrause
    March 24, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    This sounds really cool but breaks the first rule of Pokemon.
    “In real life, don’t talk about Pokemon”.

    Break that rule and you’re going to have a bad time.

  2. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    March 24, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    What even?

  3. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    March 24, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I can’t wait for this!

  4. Some dude
    Some dude
    March 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    It’s a fight club reference and a joke about how Pokémon is an extremely nerdy/childish pursuit and the vast majority of us keep it separate from most of our irl endeavours and while we don’t necessarily hide our deviancy we sure as shit don’t advertise it

  5. Joe Schmoe
    Joe Schmoe
    March 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I think you can get away with talking about pokemon depending on the situation, but when you’re walking around the woods with a smartphone out to find a river or something, and some random passerby is going to ask if you need help…yeah.
    Its not gonna be a good look.
    They should just make the fucking PC MMO everyone wants and get it over with.

  6. Uncle Slick
    Uncle Slick
    March 24, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I got the fight club thing, but I never knew being open about liking Pokemon was taboo.

    Everyone I know knows I still play it. Even my parents.

    Different strokes, I guess.

  7. TheMaverickGamer
    March 24, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    The leaked footage looked pretty awful and seeing as it’s a mobile title, it’s bound to be a disappointment. But, it is free, so if it sucks, no harm done.

  8. Shinobu
    March 24, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Can’t wait…

  9. Narmy
    March 24, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    “Free to play” is such a misnomer these days.

  10. Siveon
    March 24, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Ugh, why is Japan obsessed with portrait-only mobile games? Same crap happened with the DQ ports as well, playing games shouldn’t feel like I’m about to open up my email dammit!

    Back to reality, game looks meh. Unsurprisingly.

  11. patyos
    March 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Gotta Catch Them ALL!

  12. Noah Howard
    Noah Howard
    March 24, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    NICE! Really REALLY nice!

  13. Mighty No. 56008
    Mighty No. 56008
    March 25, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Not sure if I should laugh or sigh.