Pokémon GO Will Send Players Outside

Pokemon Go deviceIt’s been a very long time since I’ve played Pokémon, and I was a very casual player. Even so, I found myself getting excited by the announcement of Pokémon GO. This new version of Pokémon is going to require players to go outside and hunt for virtual Pokémon in the real world!

Pokémon GO is being developed by Niantic, Inc., the company that is known for making Ingress. It seems to me that a company that has already created an interesting and successful game that makes players get up and walk around outside would be in a good position to create another one.

This new version of Pokémon GO is going to launch in 2016. Players will load the app onto their smartphone. It will be available for free from both the App Store and Google Play. In-app purchases will be available.

In addition, players will use a wearable Pokémon GO Plus device which will connect to their smartphone via Bluetooth. The device will notify the player about events in the game – including the appearance of a nearby Pokémon. This enables players to walk around outside without having to constantly check their smartphones in order to play the game. The Pokémon GO Plus is being developed and manufactured by Nintendo Co., Lt.