This Smart Phone Game Brings Pokemon To Life

Published On 09/10/2015 Published On 09/10/2015
The Pokémon Company

The Pokemon Company has just announced a virtual reality iteration of its infamous Pok√©mon game, and it's coming to your iOS and Android device in 2016. So smart phone owners on both sides of the spectrum can effectively catch em' all, IRL. 

Produced in collaboration with Nintendo and Google subsidiary Niantic, Pok√©mon Go will allow users to find, catch, and trade virtual Pokemon using their phone's GPS functionality. 

Though it's not exactly clear how the game will work in practice, the teaser video shows players trading Pokemon with other gamers in their vicinity (likely via Bluetooth), engaging in multiplayer battles, and capturing pocket monsters lurking in their neighborhoods. You'll also have the option of using a companion smartwatch called Pok√©mon Go Plus, which will vibrate and light up every time you approach a Pokemon. 

The mobile-friendly game -- released 20 years after the original Pokémon games -- will be "free-to-start" with in-app purchases.
And if you think you're too cool for Pok√©mon, it's probably because you never learned how to level up your Squirtle, and we probably shouldn't be friends anymore. 
Michelle No is an editorial assistant at Supercompressor and would like to know if anyone is interested in a rare, holographic Mew card (still in its sleeve!). Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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