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In Pokemon GO, players around the globe will explore their surroundings to find and catch wild Pokemon hiding in our midst. Some wild Pokemon appear only in their native environments; for example, Water-type Pokemon may only appear near lakes and oceans. As players explore the world around them, their phones will vibrate to let them know a Pokemon is nearby. Once they have encountered a Pokemon, it can be caught by using the phone’s touch screen to throw a Poke Ball. Poke Balls and other special items can be found at PokeStops located at interesting places such as public art installations, historical markers and monuments.
As players progress through Pokemon GO, their Trainer level will increase, enabling them to capture more-powerful Pokemon and gain access to more items. Some Pokemon can be evolved if the same species is caught on multiple occasions. Pokemon Eggs, which can be found at PokeStops, will hatch after players walk a certain distance. Players will be able to impress their friends by unlocking achievement medals that are earned by completing a variety of challenges.
During gameplay, Pokemon GO players will be encouraged to join one of three teams and engage in Gym battles with other teams. Once they have joined a team, players will have the ability to assign their Pokemon to empty Gyms. Like PokeStops, Gyms can be found at real locations in the world, and because only one Pokemon per player can be placed at a given Gym, team members will need to work together to build a strong defense. A Gym claimed by one team can be challenged by the other two teams.
With real-life surroundings providing a backdrop for encounters with wild Pokemon, this unique Pokemon game represents the next generation of Niantic’s “Real World” gaming platform, which combines mobile location technology and Augmented Reality to create a gaming experience that motivates players to go outside and explore the world around them.
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(Editor’s Note: This story was back-posted at 1:45 p.m. ET.)