In a recent interview Niantic’s CEO, John Hanke, discussed how the company is applying what they’ve learned from Pokemon GO to new augmented reality games.
Pokemon GO is a game that has been taking the world by storm ever since its release a month ago. Despite the recent reports that the augmented reality game has lost around a third of its player community, many, including Sony’s CEO, feel that Pokemon GO is a game changer.
With the huge success of Pokemon GO, many have been asking what Niantic, Pokemon GO’s developer, will be working on next. In a recent interview with Game Informer, Niantic CEO, John Hanke talked about how Niantic’s augmented reality platform would be used to create new types of games.
“[T]hat’s always been our strategy to build up a platform underneath a game that can be used for other games, and frankly other experiences that may not exactly be games, but are still within that area of exercise, discovery, and social interaction. The Niantic platform is very much a part of our long-term vision and we have some projects that are in the early stages now that will be built on top of it so you can definitely expect to see that from us in the future. It’s a positive step for everyone to bring games out into the real word and give people the motivation, the excuse, to get out, get some exercise, see new places, and hopefully have good healthy interactions with other human beings.”
It would appear that Niantic is just getting started with its revolutionary mobile gaming platform, but as to what specific properties will be getting the “GO” treatment, that’s still a little unclear. Some weeks ago it was rumored that Niantic was working on a Harry Potter version of Pokemon GO, and while those rumors turned out to be false, it didn’t stop fans from creating their own trailers for Harry Potter GO as well as a Destiny version of the game.
So while it’s clear that fans are hungry for a new augmented reality game, it appears that they will have to wait a little longer to see what that game will look like. Aside from future projects, Hanke also took some time to talk about the new content that will soon be added to Pokemon GO. One of the biggest additions that Hanke talked about is the new buddy system, which will allow players to choose a buddy pokemon who will “appear alongside [their] Trainer avatar on your profile screen, adding helpful bonuses such as awarding Candy for walking together.”
Which game or movie property would be best suited for an augmented reality adaptation?
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- Every Way to Earn Experience Points
- How to Win Battles
- How to Become a Gym Leader
- How to Get Pokecoins
- How to Catch Pikachu as a Starter
- How to Use and Hatch Eggs
- How to Catch Rare Pokemon
- How to Use Pokestops
- How to Control Eevee’s Evolution
- Trainer Rewards at Every Level
- How to Hold Gyms Longer
- Where to Find Specific Pokemon
- How to Trigger Pokemon Spawns
- Every Type’s Strengths and Weaknesses
- Catching Region Exclusive Pokemon
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