Animated gaming just got more entertaining. Niantic Labs has announced beta testing of Pokémon Go game for iOS and Android in United States. This follows the opening of field testing for users in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The customers who had previously signed up to be field testers were sent invitations by the company to test the game this month.
Pokémon Go, a reality game which was announced last year, is being developed by Niantic Labs in collaboration with the Pokemon Company for iOS and Android devices. The game will let you move between the real and virtual world of Pokémon to discover Pokémon in a world created by you. Pokémon Go will use real world locations that will allow you to search for Pokémon in the real world; the setting of the games has been inspired by real-world locations like New York, Paris and Hokkaido and Kanto regions of Japan. And as you will explore your surroundings, you will be able to catch more than a hundred different Pokémon.
In the world of Pokémon Go, you will be able to capture Pokémon as you come across them while exploring the town or city you live in or while traveling around the globe. Your smartphone will vibrate when you are near a Pokémon, and once you are face to face with a Pokémon, you will be able to catch it by aiming on your smartphone’s touch screen and throwing a Poké Ball. You will be able collect Poké Balls and other items from PokéStops.
Pokémon GO will offers more interesting features such as freedom to customize your trainer, ability to gain levels as a trainer, catch more powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex, access to powerful items like Great Balls, and a chance to evolve a Pokémon if you catch adequate number of the same species. At later stages of the game, you will be asked to join one of three teams. As a member of the team, you will work together to build up a strong defense to play against other teams in Gym battles. You will also be able to spend real money to get PokéCoins, the in-game currency of Pokémon GO used to be exchanged for power-ups, extra items and enhancements.
Furthermore, Pokémon GO Plus, a portable device, will enable you to play the game when not looking at your smartphone. The wearable device, connected to your phone via Bluetooth, will notify you of in-game events by using an LED and vibration. In addition, the device will also let you perform other simple game related actions.
Pokémon Go will be available as a free download on the Apple Store and Google Play, however, special items and features can be accessed via in-app purchases. A precise date has not been announced for the release of Pokémon Go, but with the expansion of beta testing, it seems that the game will be launched later in 2016.
If you live in the United States, you can sign up for the field test here.