Over the week we were given a bit more tidbits on what to expect from the upcoming AR game Pokémon Go. While the game is still under development and that we still don’t have an official gameplay video of the mobile game, we at least were given a bit more on what to expect from the game.
Here’s a breakdown of the released gameplay mechanics so far:
You take aim on your smart phone and throw a poké ball to catch it
There are areas in the map called PokéStops located at art installations, historical markers and monuments
You can farm poké balls and other items at PokéStops
The higher the trainer level the higher the chance of getting more powerful Pokémon, better poké balls, higher chances of capturing Pokémon
Some wild Pokémon can only be caught when you are nearby certain locations
You have the chance to evolve a certain species of Pokémon that you’ve captured a couple of times
You will be required to join one of the three teams at a certain point in gameplay
After joining a team you can now assign Pokémon to empty Gym locations or to a location where a team member has placed one of his or her Pokémon
These locations are located in the same way as PokéStops
You can also obtain Pokémon eggs at PokéStops
The Pokémon eggs will hatch after you have walked a certain distance
You can only place 1 Pokémon per gym
You’re encouraged to work with others on the team to build up a strong defense on the gym
If a Gym is already claimed by another team, you can challenge that Gym using your own Pokémon.
Using the Pokémon you’ve caught, engage in battle with the defending Pokémon at the Gym to claim control
A wide variety of challenges are available that highlight many different categories, such as catching Pokémon and exploration
By completing these challenges, you’ll unlock achievement medals that will appear in your player profile
So basically, there are tons of elements taken from Niantic Project’s currently existing AR game, Ingress that will have it’s version in Pokemon Go. I’m referring to the PokéStop system where you can farm materials and usable items for the game. This is similar to the farming system Ingress has with the portals where you can farm keys, turrets and other utility items that you can use for offense and defense.
So far I am pretty psyched up with the details being released for the game, and based on the Pokémon Go site the release date is still within this year. Are you psyched for the game? Do sound off in the comments!