Pokémon GO was announced last year, during a special press conference, but since then, we haven’t heard much about the game at all. Good news: it looks like things are about to change! Next month, John Hanke (CEO of Niantic) will hold a session called “Catch ‘Em All: Pokemon GO and Real World Gaming”.
Over the last three years, Niantic, Inc. has been defining the genre of Real World gaming, using smartphones and tablets to connect the digital world to the physical world. Niantic’s newest game, Pokemon GO, ups the challenge of real world gaming design, taking a beloved franchise and setting its hundreds of brightly-colored monsters loose across the globe, adding a new Bluetooth wearable device created by Nintendo to the mix. Join Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke as he discusses how the company has developed a unique vision for delivering a mobile Pokemon experience that gets would-be trainers into the outdoors.
Attendees will get a first-hand, in-depth look at how players are interacting and exploring the world with one another through Pokemon GO, the collaborative approach to design and development for the game and the next evolution of augmented reality and real-world mobile gameplay experiences.
The GDC 2016 will take place on March 16-18th, but we don’t have a date/time for that session yet.
Pokémon 20th Anniversary
Yesterday, The Pokémon Company uploaded two videos for the 20th Anniversary of the Pokémon series. They’re video messages from Junichi Masuda (from Game Freak) and Tsunekazu Ishihara (President of The Pokémon Company), who came to talk about some of their memories of the series.
Here’s the video for Junichi Masuda:
Head after the break for Tsunekazu Ishihara’s video!