The Newest Pokémon Game Will Let You Catch Pokémon In The Real World

Go ahead, laugh at me — I don’t care. I still have my old Game Boy Color from the 90’s and I still play Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Red whenever I get bored on vacations, I play Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Black 2 using emulators on my laptop and now that I think about it I might just go ahead and splurge on a 3DS so I can play the newest game Pokémon X/Y.

…well, Pokémon X and Y WERE the newest games. Gotta make my verbs past tense now that Pokémon Go is about to come out for Andoid/iOS. I’m not much for phone games, however the big “pull” if you will with Pokémon Go is that you’ll be able to catch Pokémon in the real world. According to Kotaku,

Today, the Pokémon Company unveiled its latest Pocket Monster experience. It’s called Pokemon Go.

“The day has finally come when Pokémon appear in the real world,” Pokémondesigner Junichi Masuda said of the ambitious project.

The game is being developed by Niantic, a former Google start up known for it’s augmented reality smartphone game Ingress.

Niantic says it is working closely with the Pokémon Company and Nintendo to make a brand new style of Pokémon game. The idea is that players go outside, get some fresh air, and capture Pokemon at the same time.

Accompanying the game is a little Pokémon watch called the “Pokémon Go Plus,” which lets you throw Poké Balls by pairing with your phone which will rumble and flash when you come across a Pokémon in the real world. Pokémon designer Junichi Masuda hopes that the title will produce a series just like the original Pokémon games, stating “I’m thinking about how this game will connect with titles in the main series of Pokémon games” during the press conference.

The game is set to release sometime in 2016.

[H/T Kotaku]