Niantic Labs, creators of the wildly popular Ingress augmented reality game, have just announced that registration for its most recent project, Pokémon GO , is going public. I had the pleasure of playing a tech demo a few months back, and I can tell you that this game’s definitely worth the wait.
Built for iOS and Android platforms, the game’s due out sometime in 2016. Pokémon GO combines mobile-location technology using your mobile devices GPS function and augmented reality to create an immersive, one of a kind experience that motivates players to get off the couch , explore, catch wild Pokémon, and battle one another for the right to call yourself a Pokémon Master. Pokémon GO will also play host to hardware intended to make your adventures more seamless, such as a wristband that alerts you to the presence of wild Pokémon and a button on it that launches the app on your phone when pressed.
Lucky participants will be given an unfinished version of the long-awaited mobile game to play – the only stipulation is you’re required to provide feedback and bug reports to the developers. The beta-version will have a limited amount of features and gaps in functionality, but that’s to be expected as the game’s still in development.