Pokémon GO: Gameplay details unveiled
New gameplay details for Pokémon GO have been unveiled by the Pokémon International company. When released the game will be availble from the App Store and Google Play however we still have no definite date for release, all that we know is it will be “later this year.”
Pokémon GO is still in active development, so even those we’ve been given gameplay details, the games features, available languages, design, and overall appearance are not finalized and may be subject to change.
In Pokémon GO, players around the globe will explore their surroundings to find and catch wild Pokémon hiding in our midst. Some wild Pokémon appear only in their native environments; for example, Water-type Pokémon may only appear near lakes and oceans.
Having some wild Pokémon only appear in their native environments is a great idea and encourages outside play and exploration of our own cities, something we don’t really do anymore. For me this means I’ll be forming my very own Squirtle Squad since I live near to several lakes and a river, score!
I imagine this is only going to apply to safe environments such as coasts, grasslands, woods etc and won’t have us visiting active volcanoes or power stations in hopes of finding a Magmar or Electrobuzz.
As players explore the world around them, their phones will vibrate to let them know a Pokémon is nearby. Once they have encountered a Pokémon, it can be caught by using the phone’s touch screen to throw a Poké Ball. Poké Balls and other special items can be found at PokéStops located at interesting places such as public art installations, historical markers and monuments.
Single Player Activities
As players progress through Pokémon GO, their Trainer level will increase, enabling them to capture more-powerful Pokémon and gain access to more items. Some Pokémon can be evolved if the same species is caught on multiple occasions which is obviously a boon given the amount of Rattata, Pidgeys and Magikarp we are likely to encounter.
Pokémon eggs, which can be found at PokéStops, will hatch after players walk a certain distance. Players will be able to impress their friends by unlocking achievement medals that are earned by completing a variety of challenges. There has been no mention of breeding Pokémon for eggs, but given that it’s a part of the core Pokémon game experience I imagine we may see it in a future expansion.
Multi Player Activities
During gameplay, Pokémon GO players will be encouraged to join one of three teams and engage in Gym battles with other teams. Once they have joined a team, players will have the ability to assign their Pokémon to empty Gyms. Like PokéStops, Gyms can be found at real locations in the world, and because only one Pokémon per player can be placed at a given Gym, team members will need to work together to build a strong defense. A Gym claimed by one team can be challenged by the other two teams.
Finally we have four screenshots of Pokémon GO gameplay. Two screenshots of the pokemon encounter mode and two shots of the map view. I’m very impressed with the map view as they have overlayed a Pokémon style map over the real world map, this is the perfect hybrid between current generation Pokémon games and a real world augmented reality experience.