Today, The Pokémon Company sent a press release in order to share more details and some new screenshots for Pokémon GO. We have confirmation that the game will let you customise the your trainer (and more precisely its appearance), with some apparel and accessories to chose from. Your avatar appears as you move on the map, and is featured on your profile page. Other players can also see it when they visit a gym you control.
The Pokémon Company also provides details about the battle system, which seems rather simplified compared to mainline Pokémon games. Your Pokémon only has two attacks, and can dodge those of your opponent when you swipe left and right. If you win the battle, the Gym’s prestige will drop, and if it reaches zero, your opponents lose control of the gym. When that happens, you or another player can take it over.
Once you have control of a Gym, you can raise its prestige and level by training your Pokémon with the defending Pokémon. When the Gym gets to a higher level, you and the other members of your team get the ability to assign more Pokémon to defend it. In other words: high level Gyms will be much harder to take down. You will need to team up with friends in order to take those Gyms down faster.
But besides Gyms, Pokémon GO will also feature a series of challenges, which task players with cathing Pokémon or exploring. If you manage to complete those, you will unlock achievement medals that will appear in your player profile.
Finally, the Pokémon Company gives some details about the microtransactions to be found in the game. The in-game currency is called PokéCoins, and allows you to buy power-ups, extra items, and other enhancements. Using real money, you will be able to buy certain items and access certain features. We can assume this will be done via those PokéCoins. One of the screenshots show “Evolution shards”, an items that most likely facilitate / speed up evolution.
Finally, here’s the latest screenshots for Pokémon GO:
Pokémon GO (Android / iOS) will be released later this year.
Source: The Pokémon Company