Pokémon GO, the instantly popular location-augmented reality mobile game, developed by Niantic, and part of the Pokémon franchise has added new features.
The Niantic team said its members have been making the most of the sunny California weather by walking long distances and enthusiastically testing all of the refinement and new features in Pokémon GO. They said several updates have come from the feedback received from theie field testers in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and United States.
“We have a few exciting updates to share. We’ve added a new Camera feature that enablrTrainers to take photographs of their wild Pokémon encounters. Now you can take a photo of Squirtle next to that scenic lake or Ivysaur hanging out by the park. The photos will be saved to your phone’s camera roll to share with whomever you’d like,” said the team in a statement.
Pokémon GO has added an all-new music track composed by GAME FREAK’s Junichi Masuda of Japan with whom they have been working closely on several of the core game design elements of Pokémon GO. Masuda san has decades of experience composing original music for the Pokémon games.
Pokemon GO has gone viral all over the world instantly. It was released in the first week of July 2016 for iOS and Android devices, starting with Australasia, the United States, and parts of Europe, with Asian and other European countries later.
The players have to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world, using the realtime GPS location and the camera. The basic version of the game is free-to-play but for additional play items in-app purchaes are required.
Niantic is planning an optional Bluetooth wearable device as companion called the Pokémon Go Plus soon and it will alert users when Pokémon are nearby.
The game has become an instant success and also added nuisance value with increasing accidents when Pokemon GO players are seen moving around wildly on the roads searching for Pokemon. Otherwise, it was the most downloaded smartphone app in the United States in its first three days of release and Nintendo, which owns part of The Pokémon Company, has seen revival of its stock value with the game.