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Nintendo’s upcoming augmented-reality game, Pokémon Go, is expected to be released at some point in 2016. A specific release date remains to be seen, but they have finally revealed some gameplay footage of this exciting new title.

The smartphone game will be available to download on IOS and Android devices. It will allow its players to capture, trade, and battle their virtual Pokémon, which will appear in the real-world through the use of GPS technology. Coupled with the Pokémon Go Plus, a wearable Bluetooth device (see image below), players will be able to experience this wonderful world in reality.

Pokemon Go Plus

 

The newly released footage is from an SWSX talk that was given on Saturday, March 19th. The talk was given by John Hanke, Niantic CEO, who is also the development partner behind Pokémon Go.

 

 

This first glimpse of actual gameplay gives us a bit of information about the in-game map, how the catching technique works, and the selection of multiple Poké Balls. As the camera pans around you can see how the Pokémon remains in the “real-world” area on the screen. After catching the monster we also see its HP gauge, which suggests that you will be able to battle the wild creatures, and not just other players. It does seem a bit laggy so far, but that’s to be expected as it only seems to be a rough draft of the game.

And yes, I agree; it’s almost heart-breaking to see an Ivysaur caught with a Master Ball! However it is just a demo to show how the catching of the creatures works. Let’s just hope they didn’t save afterwards!

It isn’t exactly the most riveting of videos, but at least it’s something. The footage seems to be quite rough, but as there is no actual release date Nintendo has plenty of time to smooth over the rough edges and make Pokémon Go into the fun and stimulating game we’re all looking forward to!

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