The Pokémon Company, Niantic and Nintendo have today announced a new free-to-play app, due for release in 2016, where fans will be encouraged to search real-world locations to find Pokémon.
Called Pokémon GO, the new app will use location information to enable Pokémon fans to catch, trade and battle in the real world. Taking the gameplay experience beyond what appears on the screen, players will be able to explore their neighbourhoods, communities and the world in which they live to discover Pokémon with their friends and fellow players.
Pokémon video game series game director Junichi Masuda will be involved in the project, ensuring that it stays true to the spirit of the Pokémon games, at the same time as developing new types of gameplay.
An optional accessory, Pokémon GO Plus, will also be available. When you press a button on the Pokémon GO Plus you will be able to perform basic in-game actions such as catching Pokémon. The accessory, which will connect to your phone via Bluetooth, will flash and vibrate to notify you when a Pokémon is nearby.
Source: Pokémon, Niantic, and Nintendo