The world has been eagerly awaiting the first mobile Pokémon game in the form of Pokémon GO. At Nintendo's second Treehouse presentation live from E3, more details of the game were revealed, including a release window for the game and more details of the "Plus" unit that allows players to catch 'em all without even looking at their phone.
The game and add-on device will be released before the end of July worldwide, meaning that it's just a few weeks until we see it and it will be available before the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon later this year. The plus device will be coming shortly after the game and will be retailing at $34.99. Prices for other regions weren't confirmed, but it's likely this will translate to about £25/€35. The game itself will be free-to-play.
Pokémon Go is an augmented reality title, with users finding the titular pocket monsters in the wild around the places they visit. The game is GPS enabled and the Pokémon will be placed according to the area. For example, if you live in a coastal area then you will see a lot of water Pokémon. Initially the game will be limited to the Kanto region Pokémon, with more added throughout the life of the game.
The plus device is a small plastic Pokéball, it can be worn as a pin badge or on the wrist. The device connects to your smartphone and can alert you through sound and flashing lights as to the presence of Pokémon, you can then try to catch them with a single button press and the lights on the device will let you know if you were successful or not. This makes it ideal for runners who might not be able to stop to catch Pokémon.
The game will be supplanted by real life Pokémon gyms. Locations haven't yet been revealed, but these will essentially be meet up spots for trainers to battle with each other. The Pokémon in the game are levelled up automatically rather than repeated battles, meaning that you can focus on catching Pokémon without risking not being competitive against your friends and rivals.
And in case you missed it - yes we said it's coming NEXT MONTH!