The augmented reality game that brings Pokémon to the real-world, Pokémon Go, is set to release for Android, iPhone, and Pokémon GO Plus devices this winter. Though no specific date has been announced, rumors suggest that the game will release on February 27 this year, as the launch will mark the 20th anniversary of the series — the original Pokémon games launched in Japan on February 27, 1996.
Pokémon GO is sure to bring back a lot of childhood memories as the game aims to feature Pokémon and enable players to locate, catch, battle, and trade them. Not just that, players can also connect to nearby Pokémon GO players and form a clan, just as in the anime show.
“Pokémon Go is similar to the previous Pokémon games in terms of game play, but the major difference is that the game will be available to download on iPhones and Android devices,” says John Hanke, the founder of Niantic.
“For the first time, Pokémon will roam free in the real world. Pokémon GO will allow players to capture Pokémon who inhabit parks, shopping areas, sidewalks and the countryside all around the world. Imagine discovering a Squirtle hiding along the waterfront in San Francisco, a Bulbasaur at Shinjuku Station or a Pikachu beneath the Eiffel Tower.”
Much has been rumored regarding the release date of Pokémon GO, and the rumor mill is sure to go crazy over the upcoming game.
Pokémon GO was first said to be released in the U.S. on November 20 last year. However, the rumors turned out to be untrue, just as expected. Yibida claimed that Niantic will release the game during Christmas as a December release for Pokemon fans, which did not happen, as well.
Most Pokémon GO release date rumors now quote that the game will release in February, 2016. “Despite rumors of a February 27 2016 release (which are conjecture at best) all we really know about the upcoming AR game is that it’s set to be released sometime next year,” reports MoviePilot.
No details regarding the release date of the game and its beta version has been announced by the game developers. “No beta testing has been announced for Pokémon GO at this time. Please keep checking Pokemon.co.uk/GO for updates,” reads a post on the official Pokémon site.
Pokémon’s recently unveiled a Super Bowl commercial filmed in Rio de Janeiro, to celebrate the series’ anniversary.
A shorter version of the commercial is also set to air on February 7 during the Super Bowl, according to Nintendo.
A February release date is possible for Pokémon GO, but another version of the game that has been announced, Pokémon Z, will not release before the middle of the year. It should also be noted that Pokémon GO is not going to be free-to-download title, anyway, though no details regarding the price of purchases has been detailed.
For now, video game developer Niantic and the Pokémon Company has shared no details regarding a potential Pokémon Go release date. So, there is no way we can believe anything until an official release date is announced by Nintendo themselves.
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