This morning, Nintendo and Pokémon developer Game Freak announced a partnership with Niantic Labs to release a Pokémon game with aspirations beyond those of anything Pokémon has done in the mobile space so far.
Pokémon Go is based loosely on the not widely known but successful mobile game, Ingress from Niantic Labs. Ingress has more than one million active users as of May 2014, and is played by physically visiting real-world locations and interacting with virtual portals. Competing teams can coordinate across the globe in order to be successful at the game, and it looks as though Pokémon Go will be borrowing many of these mechanics.
Something similar to Ingress using the Pokémon license seems like a solid overlap, and could be close to the Pokémon MMORPG fans have been dreaming of for years. We’re excited about the game, but also wary of the final product. Here are our hopes and fears for the final product.