Good news Pokémon fans, Nintendo's first SmartPhone game 'Pokémon Go' is set to be one of the biggest mobile game ever. Nintendo, The Pokemon Company, and Google have raised $20 million in funding to support Niantic Labs – that is the company making Pokémon Go.
Niantic Labs will receive $20 million up front , but the companies will contribute $10 million more "upon achieving certain milestones". What those milestones are have not been revealed. Either way, this is looking to be a fully-fledged Pokémon title.
The new title will encourage fans to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon via an AR experience. Players will be directed to various locations around them where they will discover Pokémon in the “real world” that can be captured. Niantic creates games that mix virtual gameplay with real world GPS locations and augmented reality. But this time the company will be using a new wristband called Pokémon GO Plus to enhance the experience.
Pokémon GO Plus will enable players to enjoy the game even when they are not looking at their smartphone. The device connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth and notifies the player about events in the game—such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby—using an LED and vibration. In addition, players can catch Pokémon or perform other simple actions by pressing the button on the device.
Pokémon GO will be available on the App Store and Google Play in 2016. Nintendo and partnered companies plan to release multiple mobile titles for both Android and iOS over the course of 2016.