Niantic Labs officially gives us first look at Pokemon GO

Touted as the next-gen “Real World Gaming” platform, Niantic Labs posts a first look into the upcoming Pokémon GO that has its fans waiting in excitement.


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For those still unfamiliar, Pokémon GO uses the latest technology and combines mobile location and augmented reality to simulate a different kind of gaming experience. It will not be the usual kind of Pokémon game that you could just sit and play in your house. No, this free-to-play app will require you to go out and explore places — just like how Ash Ketchum did it.

Niantic mentions that certain wild Pokémons will only appear in their native environments. For example, to catch water-type Pokémons, you would have to go near a lake or an ocean.

Poké Balls will be available at PokéStops which are real-life places such as “public art installations, historical markers, museums, and monuments.”

The game also promotes having real-life battles between other players from different teams. There will be a total of three teams where players could join in and compete over who the Gym Leader will be (inside real world locations, of course).

The blog explains that this is done by “placing their captured Pokémon in a friendly Gym or by battling with an opponent’s Pokémon in another team’s Gym.”

Basically, it sounds like they’re serious in bringing into reality the essence of the old-school game that most players today have grown up with and loved.

There will be an early field test of the game but of course, it will only be in Japan.

Just for fun, which Pokémons do you think will commonly appear in the Philippines once this game is up and running?

Stay tuned for more developments as Niantic Labs reveals more details.


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Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

13 Responses

  1. Avatar for ren ren says:

    and snatchermon and hold-upmon in fun places around manila. goodluck on that!!! hahah!!!!

  2. Avatar for Clover Clover says:

    Hope you guys post when you catch wind of beta test or something :))

  3. Avatar for brance Rush brance Rush says:

    We will have plenty of corsolas, pidgeys, magikarp… Hahah

  4. Avatar for homerSapiens homerSapiens says:


  5. Avatar for rj rj says:

    Baka puro Grimer at Muk sa mga ilog yung makikita.

  6. Avatar for ENL ENL says:

    You can play Ingress while waiting for this. Join our TEAM. Enlightened. . https://www.ingress.com/ – Another location based game by Niantic Labs.

    • Avatar for thepooche30ernest thepooche30ernest says:

      Hehe mabuhay an ENL! :)

      On topic, this is just like Ingress then… with Pokemons. I wonder if they’ll use Ingress’ portal data? :D

  7. Avatar for ocommon ocommon says:

    samin Raticate na makikita dito sa sulok-sulok ng bahay saka sa tapat namin na tindahan madaming Snorlax nag-iinoman.

  8. Avatar for Ricky Verano Bundoc Ricky Verano Bundoc says:

    Ratata Ftw!

  9. Avatar for Deng Deng says:

    Wow. Sana this year ang release.

  10. Avatar for Leomel Leomel says:

    Defective Magnetons and Magnemotes in MRT/LRT stations and Ratata everywhere lol

  11. Avatar for Don Don says:

    We will see Ratata and Pidgey here in the Philippines. If we’re lucky enough, we could see Krookodile since marami tayo nya dito sa Pinas.

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