Nintendo’s “Pokémon GO” is the most anticipated video game of the year. The augmented reality game is expected to be released sometime this 2016 and is being developed by Niantic Labs with some contribution from Game Freak Inc.
The game developers including Niantic’s chief executive John Hanke were set to appear at the 2016 Game Developers Conference last March 17. However, the appearance was cancelled at the last minute for unknown reasons.
But according to Niantic via Neurogadget, beta testing for “Pokémon GO” has already begun in Japan this March. Some players will be allowed to play the game and give their feedbacks in order for Niantic to develop the game more.
Movie Pilot noted on a report that beta testing will be launched to other countries several weeks after the Japanese launch. The fact that field testing is underway, the release of Nintendo’s first-ever augmented reality game is getting closer.
And for those who want to take a look at how the game works, Hanke was present at the Texas at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference last March 19. He showed a clip of the possible gameplay of “Pokémon GO” that you can watch below.
It showed the user trying to catch an Ivysaur using a Poké Ball and a Master Ball. The graphics seem to be very bad for some hardcore fans’ liking but as noted above, it still in the beta testing phase.
“Pokémon GO” will be available for Android and iPhone users. The augmented reality game will be free to download on the Google Play and Apple Store while additional in-app purchases will also be available.
The game is also set to have a small, watch-like device called a “Pokémon GO Plus.” It is connected to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth and it notifies the player if a wild Pokémon or Pokémon trainer is nearby.
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