Did the first footage of Pokemon GO, the augmented reality mobile Pokemon game from Niantic Labs, just leak? That's sure what it looks like, as someone has uploaded footage presumably from an SXSW talk that John Hanke, Niantic CEO, gave on Saturday, March 19th. Check it out for yourself, as Hanke allegedly tries to capture an Ivysaur with a Master Ball. Which seems ridiculous, but the kind of thing you'd do in a demo if you could give yourself unlimited Master Balls and had to show off how they work:

Now, it's quite possible this is a fake from an enterprising YouTuber, but considering that this showed up shortly after the panel, is being demoed on an Android device (Niantic was an internal Google startup before going independent and getting Google funding), and sure seems like an elaborate enough fake to be timed after a panel that I'm not sure a lot of people knew was happening. So, with the caveat that uploader "Eric F" might be crafty enough to perfectly craft and time believable Pokemon Go footage, and who doesn't love Nintendo speculation, this footage should lead to plenty of speculation as to how the game is coming along.

  • houseofg

    If I could give myself unlimited master balls, I would definitely show them off.

  • RedRupee

    I appreciate that this isn't a finished build but so far this game seems pretty underwhelming.

  • 김지 킫밸

    Under welming maybe but they probably won't come out with it til summer, (bummer) but the area around the trainer looks like a Pokemon version of google maps which is nice, the floating blue ball could be the team he's on or a location of a Pokemon, I mean there's soo many little details here other than a tiny snippet of pre alpha gameplay. Same engine as ingress? Yeah I guess but if it's not broke don't fix it. This will be played no matter what by millions, so ninantic knows what they need to do. But here hoping for a beta invite and here hoping that more videos will pop up sooner than later.

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  • Chaorro

    I could have told you guys this game was going to be a disappointment from the beginning. I'm hoping I'm wrong, but I'm not gonna get my hopes up.

  • Spam_TheChat

    You know, the day where a Pokemon game uses actual voice acting for all the Pokemon, instead of computer-generated stuff of nightmares, will be a good day