There’s no doubt that Pokemon GO has a global appeal, and some fans have purportedly spotted some “test” PokeStops and Gyms in China, intimating the possibility of a forthcoming release in the Asian country. While the jury’s still out on whether or not China will receive the game, The Pokemon Company is doubling down on the augmented reality mobile title’s popularity in another Eastern nation, as it has announced plans to launch a Plus Deluxe Set for the ARG in Japan on August 9, 2017 that features different accessories.
As seen in the image below, the Pokemon GO Plus Deluxe Set can be described as an all-in-one bundle that includes various accessories that are still available to purchase on an individual basis. The entire kit will include Pokemon GO Plus, a Pokemon GO Plus Ring Option accessory, some Pokemon GO Plus Custom Stickers, a PokeBall Philips Screwdriver, as well as a PokeBall Power Bank Anker 10,000 maH Battery.
For those wondering as to what the cost of this Pokemon GO Plus Deluxe Set will be, The Pokemon Company has confirmed that it will set players in Japan back 8,550 yen plus tax. This would translate to roughly $78, which many would likely consider to be an incredibly steep price to pay for accessories related to a free-to-play game.
Of course, should the Pokemon GO Plus Deluxe Set sell well in Japan upon its launch next week, it’s safe to presume that Niantic and The Pokemon Company will attempt to roll the package out on a global scale in order to capitalize on as much profits as possible. After all, Pokemon is one of the most recognizable and sought-after brands in the world, with fans having helped The Pokemon Company generate a total of $3.3 billion in retail sales for 2016.
All things considered, while plenty of Pokemon GO fans will surely jump at the chance to obtain the Plus Deluxe Set for the title at almost any cost, there are still many who would raise an eyebrow to such an exorbitant and costly product, especially since the game itself still lacks many key features that have been clamored for since the very beginning. Not to mention, all of the game crashes have yet to be fixed, making a case for Niantic and The Pokemon Company to focus on releasing a better base game before attempting to make even more profits with ancillary materials.
Pokemon GO is available for Android and iOS.