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Get a first look at the augmented reality gameplay of Pokémon GO

The Pokémon Company and developer Niantic have offered a new look at the gameplay of their upcoming augmented reality game, Pokémon GO. The game will see you searching the real world for virtual Pokémon, letting you find and catch the wild creatures in your own back yard.

You'll need to explore different areas to find different types of Pokémon. For instance, if you're looking for a Squirtle, a Water-type Pokémon, you'll need to look near a body of water. Players will also have Trainer levels, which increase as they play Pokémon GO. This allows for the capture more powerful Pokémon.

In addition to finding Pokémon out in the world, GO places other interesting elements in your surroundings as well. You'll need to keep a stock of Poké Balls in order to catch new creatures, and you'll find them at PokéStops in places like historical markers or public art installations.

Pokémon GO also has a multiplayer aspect to it, and you can join one of three teams. After joining a team, you can assign your Pokémon to an empty Pokémon Gym, which are scattered around your location like PokéStops. You and your team members can meet up with those from other teams, and engage in Gym battles.

You'll be able to start catching Pokémon in the real world when Pokémon GO arrive for Android and iOS later this year.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

15 Comments
  • This looks really cool, but my mind immediately went to some 7-year-old wandering across the street to get a new Pokemon...
  • This is why young children shouldn't have smart phones Sent from the iMore App
  • lol I knew this comment would come up. So this game is never going to be installed on a tablet? And then are you saying that the only people who should play this game are teens/adults? You don't think that would miss an entire generation of their target audience at all? Believe me: I have a 6 and an 8 year old. And they want Pokemon. lol I think a better response would have been something like: "Well, parents are responsible for what their kids do, and if they're not smart enough to look both ways, then maybe they shouldn't be playing the game either"
  • Perfectly said. I think responsibility should always fall on the parents. Sent from the iMore App
  • Survival of the fittest
  • lol
  • This looks awesome! Finally Pokémon is going to the next level. I definitely have to try this. :D
  • Did you guys edit the images to get rid of the Nexus 6P that these screenshots were on? Lol.
  • If I point the camera at a glass of water, would that count as a "body of water" to catch Squirtle?
  • Maybe it's more of a geographically type of thing. Sent from the iMore App
  • Looks great! I have been waiting for this for so long.
  • I WILL be downloading this once it's available on the iPhone!!
  • This changes EVERYTHING!! Sent from the iMore App
  • So do you battle the pokemon to catch them or just throw a ball? Also can you battle other people?
  • pikachu!!!!