Real Life Pocket Monsters!: Pokemon Augmented Reality Game Coming To iOS And Android Next Year

September 10, 2015


The Pokemon Company has just announced Pokemon Go, an augmented reality Pokemon game coming to iOS and Android devices next year. Basically it involves players wandering around constantly staring at their smartphones, and sounds like a great way to get hit by a bus. So kind of like a game of chicken you don't know that you're playing.

Niantic's John Hanke described Pokémon Go as a mobile game that's wholesome, fun and can be enjoyed by families. Players will track down and capture Pokemon in real-world locations, Hanke said, collecting monsters like Bulbasaur, for example, at Tokyo's Shinjuku Station or Pikachu at the Eiffel Tower. Pokémon will appear in parks, on streets and other locations around the world.

Pokémon Go will work with a Bluetooth-powered device called Pokémon Go Plus, which players can wear on their wrist or pinned to their clothing. The device, which looks like a Pokéball combined with a Google Maps marker pin, has a built-in LED light and a vibration function that will notify players that something important is happening in the game, such as a Pokémon appearing nearby. Ishihara said that Pokémon Go players won't be required to use the device to play the game, but that it will reduce the amount of time players spend staring at their smart devices in order to play the game.

Ahahhahahahhaha, Pokemon appearing on streets -- I knew it. Man, I am totally going to get hit by a car. You think there will be a lot of Pokemon to capture in my hospital room? I sure hope so. I will settle for a nurse wearing animal ears though. "Ready for your sponge bath, Mr. GW?" Been waiting all morning, Stephen!

Keep going for a commercial for the game.

Thanks to everyone who sent this, about half of whom expressed boners and should be avoided if you see them with a smartphone in their hands.

  • flyppster

    The rare pokemons should be located in the ghettos or bad parts of your neighborhood and nocturnal, so they'll only be out and can be caught at night.

  • Dan

    Anyone else feel bad for Mewtew as he was basically gang raped by everyone in NYC at once?

  • Phonster

    And, while waiting for it, give a try to phonster (android only, sorry) at :)

  • archer923

    I hope the ar isn't dumb. And places Pokemon in streets.

  • Ollie Williams

    This would be awesome with a Google Glass type device where you can see it in real life. Otherwise... meh.

  • timeiskey

    that tech isnt ready yet.
    i did some reading and i asked john carmack personally about this.
    We are under the impressions that MagicLeap and the like are marketing flops.
    mobile gpus and scanning tech arent ubiquitous, or cheap enough for what you want.

  • MustacheHam

    So, something that's similar to the concept behind the devices used in Dennō Coil. If so, I support it.

  • TalonDesigns

    May not be my thing to play, but I like it. Not because of the game itself, but because it requires people to get off the couch and go outside to play it.

    With all sincerity, thank you Niantic/Nintendo/Pokémon.

  • TheQiwiMan

    You're welcome, my child.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Dammit. This made me feel all inspired n shit. I wish that this was going to be even half as good as this video implies itll be.

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