The Pokémon Company updated its official Pokémon Go page with further details — and new images — of the upcoming iOS and Android game. While there's still no release date for the augmented reality game, the publisher went further in-depth on how Pokémon Go will interact with its real world surroundings.
Much like developer Niantic Labs' Ingress, players are encouraged to travel with their smartphones to discover Pokémon in a variety of real locations — including certain notable areas, monuments and buildings identified as PokéStops. When you're in the vicinity of one of the collectible monsters, the mobile device will vibrate to alert players to check the game.
Capturing a Pokémon involves throwing a Poké Ball by tapping the smartphone's touchscreen. To catch 'em all, it's important to visit different types of areas, the Pokémon Company explained; Water-types, for example, are found near bodies of water.
Taking on different Pokémon helps trainers level up, enabling them to find and catch even rarer Pokémon. Gaining experience is useful for when players join up with one of three teams later in the game, after which they can take on Gyms. Like PokéStops, these Gyms are found at certain places of interest around the world. Teams fight to claim ownership of these spots, which they mark by placing down one of their Pokémon — or defeating the Pokémon that currently has a stake in that Gym.
Over the weekend, Niantic showed off the augmented reality mobile game at this year's SXSW Gaming event. In a clip published online by an audience member, CEO John Hanke offers fans a first look at the Ingress-style gameplay.
While Niantic hasn't confirmed the video's authenticity, the footage of Pokémon Go seen below closely resembles that of the latest screenshots.
A selection of Japanese Pokémon fans will soon have their hands on the free-to-play game, which is scheduled to launch worldwide later this year. The developer opened a beta field test to a limited number of players earlier this month. A similar campaign for American fans eager to find Pokémon out in the wild has not been announced.Correction: The CEO of Niantic Labs is named John Hanke. We've corrected the spelling of his last name in the story above.