The PokÃ©mon Company, developer Niantic, and Nintendo announced their collaboration on a new project called PokÃ©mon GO. This mobile game will encourage fans to look for PokÃ©mons in the real world. PokÃ©mon GO will be available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play in 2016.
In the past, the PokÃ©mon game franchise has used real world locations like the Japan’s Hokkaido and Kanto, as well as New York and Paris, as inspiration for its fantasy settings. In a new “twist, PokÃ©mon GO will let players catch, trade, and battle in the real world by utilizing location information.
Junichi Masuda, game director of the PokÃ©mon video game series at GAME FREAK inc. will be contributing to the project in order to ensure that players finds the same experience in PokÃ©mon GO that they have been enjoying with PokÃ©mon games over the years and also include new features.
â€œOur challenge was to develop a great game for smart phone devices that expressed the core values of PokÃ©mon,â€ said Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The PokÃ©mon Company. â€œPokÃ©mon GO is the answer to that challenge.â€
â€œPokÃ©mon GO is a wonderful combination of Nianticâ€™s real world gaming platform and one of the most beloved franchises in popular culture,â€ said John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc. â€œOur partnership with The PokÃ©mon Company and Nintendo is an exciting step forward in real-world gaming and using technology to help players discover the world and people around them.â€
Players will be able to enhance their PokÃ©mon GO experience even when they are looking away from their smartphones by using a unique device called PokÃ©mon GO Plus. By pressing a button on PokÃ©mon GO Plus, simple in-game actions like catching a PokÃ©mon can be performed. PokÃ©mon GO Plus is being developed by Ninntendo and will connect to smartphones via Bluetooth and by flashing and vibrating, will notify players about events like the appearance of a PokÃ©mon nearby.