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New Pokémon Go Release Details Arrive



Mobile video and art project developer Niantic is talking more about Pokémon Go, the first major release for the long-running monster hunter franchise that Nintendo and The Pokémon Company revealed earlier this year.

Representatives from Niantic Labs discussed the Pokémon Go release in detail in a interview published this week. People are excited about Pokémon Go because it’s described as a rebirth of the world-famous, well-selling role-playing game. Instead of tethering players to a handheld console, Pokémon Go takes place in the real world. To catch and battle Pokémon in the game players need a smartphone and a wearable accessory that allows them to interact with each other. Battles can happen at any moment. Wild Pokémon appear as players walk around their neighborhood, a trailer revealed earlier this year.


Read: The Pokemon Go Release: What We Know Now

Nintendo has already confirmed a Pokémon Go release date for sometime in 2016.

Talking with Venture Beat, Niantic Labs describes the things its working on for the game and the care its taking as it brings the franchise to the iPhone and other devices. The developer says that one of its biggest concerns is making sure that Pokémon Go is a fun game for everyone in lots of different localities.

“If we’re going to build a game that works with location, it has to be fun for people anywhere to play, in small towns as well as San Francisco,” Chief Executive John Hanke says. The studio says that working on its previous game for mobile devices, Ingress, prepared it well to challenges in geographic location. To help with this, Pokémon Go players could be able to complete with people they’ve just passed using asynchronous play.

One thing the studio is ready to confirm is the length of time it hopes it takes players to discover Pokémon around them. It’s aiming for around five minutes of walking before wild Pokémon start appearing. “Our goal is to make it so you can walk out of the house and within five minutes, you can find a Pokémon. Besides wild Pokémon, there’ll be Gyms to battle at, just like in the main games on Nintendo 3DS.

Also making its way to Pokemon Go are the different types of creatures that players can collect. Niantic Labs says that the different types of creatures will be discoverable in locations that make sense. Certain types of Pokémon will be more common in areas that would logically support them. For example, water type creatures will be more common near bodies of water. Getting at different types of creatures will require players to trade with their friends.

Pokémon Go will have events for those who want to battle and trade their creatures, Niantic Labs says. For most people, the worry with Pokémon Go is that it’ll be severely limited in nature to stop it cannibalizing sales of Nintendo’s hardware. The Pokémon games are a major reason to pick up a Nintendo 3DS handheld. Hanke has something to say about that.

“This is the first time there will be a real Pokemon experience on a mobile phone.” Nintendo seems to be counting on the millions of people with smartphones in their market being enough of an incentive for Nintendo to let the studio deliver a full title, not just a companion to the other games.

The studio says that the Pokemon Go Plus accessory that it showed off with the game was necessary to keep players focused on the world around them and not their iPhone’s screen. A belt clip and bracelet allow players to wear the accessory.

In some ways, it’s unclear just how similar to the other games in the series Pokemon Go will be. For example, we don’t know if the game will have a story. We’ll certainly hear more before the Pokemon Go release date arrives.



  1. Omi

    12/18/2015 at 5:10 pm

    How is this a release date? We already knew it was coming out in 2016

    • hamza

      12/20/2015 at 9:37 am

      it’s coming out febuary 2016

      • Josh

        12/25/2015 at 3:24 pm

        Hamza. This has not been confirmed by the Pokemon company. You are probably thinking of the re-release of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow versions. Don’t spread unofficial information.

  2. Hunter

    12/18/2015 at 7:04 pm

    Will it cost anything and if so how much.

    • James Lott

      12/18/2015 at 8:52 pm

      That answer to this is old information. It’s going to be free to download, free to play, with in-app purchases.

      • luc

        12/19/2015 at 4:54 am


        • illegaladventures

          12/20/2015 at 5:28 pm

          Luc… You’re calling someone a loser for answering a question on a Pokemon article that you are also on… Get your priorities straight.

    • Zeej Jay

      01/09/2016 at 2:05 am

      We need to pay for the Go Plus.

  3. Ryan

    12/18/2015 at 7:37 pm

    They said release DETAILS…not release DATE.
    RELEASE DETAILS means stuff about the game that it will have upon RELEASE.

    It’s confirmed it will be Free to Play with Microtransactions for things like stronger Poke Balls and Potions. I believe basic potions and poke balls will be free, but obviously not as affective at catching/healing pokemon as the stronger stuff you have to pay for.

    • James Lott

      12/18/2015 at 8:53 pm

      That’s nothing more than an assumption, though probably a good one. There has been absolutely no information as to what we’re going to have to pay for, aside from them saying that there will be in-app purchases. Don’t even attempt to be specific at this point, as no information has actually been released about that.

  4. Nedda

    12/18/2015 at 9:23 pm

    Can u do it on a iPod

    • Kaelan

      12/20/2015 at 9:19 pm

      I was about to ask the same question. I hope we don’t need to depend on wi-fi for it.

      • Weax

        12/21/2015 at 7:34 pm

        It will be wifi dependant as it also uses location services

  5. The biggest fan of Pokemon and her name is Queen Nedda

    12/18/2015 at 9:26 pm

    Do u have to get the bracelet and belt by paying or wut cuz I don’t get anything

    • Unknown

      12/19/2015 at 4:29 am

      Bracelet and belt should most likely come with Pokemon Z when you buy the game

      • Richard Damoth

        12/21/2015 at 4:57 am

        You’re retarded, you don’t buy the game, its free to play, free to download from the store, the watch is sold separately. Yes, you can play the game without it.

        • who cARES

          12/21/2015 at 8:56 am


    • Philippe Timothy Hoss Gagnon

      01/11/2016 at 8:41 am

      i think you have buy it sopprtly

  6. Mamiemknotts

    12/19/2015 at 6:50 pm

    2=12 my classmate’s step-sister makes $81 /hr on the internet . She has been without work for 7 months but last month her pay was $16969 just working on the internet for a few hours.

    look at this now…. See More

    • Hughe Jay Ness

      12/20/2015 at 7:12 pm

      You should go huff asbestos.

  7. Dr.NitinGoyal

    12/20/2015 at 7:18 am

    they are saying that may be there is no story and they have not given release date also

  8. Scott Dearden

    12/20/2015 at 9:11 am

    The (rough) release date is actually quite easy to figure out. Players will be outdoors, therefore a winter release makes no sense. Sales would be awful with a Jan/Feb/March release. Therefore late spring is most likely as it would maximise playtime and therefore profits.

    • redhollow

      12/20/2015 at 2:36 pm

      … That only applies to certain parts of the world that experiences winter during that time frame though (unless you’re referring to Japan). With the Pokemon fanbase, I can assure you that there will be no decrease in sales, they will get the app with a pair of snowshoes and a toboggan if they have to.

      And technically the Spring starts in March, though I don’t doubt what you’re saying, it’ll probably be a bit later in the year. I’m fine with waiting though.

  9. Falamon Wolf

    12/20/2015 at 1:47 pm

    They already made mention of a november release date

  10. Victoria Cassel

    12/20/2015 at 3:44 pm

    I am REALLY hoping unlike Ingress, PG will be offline compatible. I live in a cell dead zone for about 5mi around me.

    • jobo-chan

      12/20/2015 at 4:55 pm

      It uses GPS to track you so that’s doubtful.

  11. Cole Hintermeister

    12/20/2015 at 4:29 pm

    Anyone know if it’ll utilize the phone’s camera to VR Pokémon visuals? That’d be beautiful.

  12. Tim D

    12/20/2015 at 5:24 pm

    So basically if I don’t have a fancy new-age phone I’m screwed – like it won’t work on any ipods? That’s pretty garbage Nintendo…

    • Bris

      12/20/2015 at 6:06 pm

      They said it is coming to stuff like iPhone…I am guessing the latest ipod touches wi be supported in this as well. Seems like you simply need a mobile device that allows location tracking

  13. Lilly tamsin

    12/20/2015 at 9:10 pm

    Do you really have to walk around town I have a son who is 4 months but me and my husband love pokemon and would like to play

    • Richard Damoth

      12/21/2015 at 5:00 am

      Then take your friggin’ baby for a walk, you should be doing this without pokemon as motivation.

  14. Nick Yates

    12/20/2015 at 11:45 pm

    I hope it works somehow with my Samsung gear S2 3G

  15. Vincent Fess (Feviness)

    12/22/2015 at 5:36 am

    Niantic is known for having their games being supported on phones, Ipods, Ipads and tablets. You will need service of some sort. Wi-fi or cell signal. You will need GPS tracking. From what my countless hours of research has pulled up, your device will need a camera in it as well. The game will be utilizing a VR overlay through your devices camera. This informationew is the result of research. If you have no signal, you can’t play. If you have no camera, you can’t play. (Unless they change their current plans which is doubtful) If you don’t have gps, you can’t play. Don’t bother complaining, it IS a location based, public, mobile game after all.

  16. Ronak and yug

    12/24/2015 at 10:08 pm

    Is Pokémon gets evolved when its level increases.

  17. Marcel Byakuro

    01/11/2016 at 7:54 am

    Well… Since it will have in-app purchase, it would be nice if you can make your own gym, at home you know

    • Meliodas

      01/11/2016 at 11:46 am

      @Marcel Byakuro – that would be awesome, would create a gym day 1 to see how many would try to beat me xD


    01/14/2016 at 9:20 pm

    still no update when they release this awesome game!..

  19. Isaiah

    01/18/2016 at 9:54 am

    Where do u get the actual go betta itself

  20. TurkeyBucket

    02/08/2016 at 6:40 pm

    if you read through any of the comment of this article you will find all of the information you need about the general aspects of the game that has been thus far released.

  21. battle cats

    04/21/2016 at 10:22 am

    its gona be out in 5 hours

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