Category Archives: Augmented Reality

There's nothing like some fresh success to shake off the sting of failure, just ask Niantic who are coming off a very successful event in Yokohama, Japan. The makers of Pokemon GO [Free] released some impressive information about Pikachu Outbreak, which was host to over two-million fans of the game from around the world. Hundreds of thousands of trainers traveled to various parks across the city and took part in major events at the appropriately named Pokemon GO Park. Combined, trainers managed to catch over 120 million Pokemon which includes more than 15 million individual Pikachu. That's some serious catch-them-all action...

If you missed our extensive coverage on the event, the first Pokemon GO [Free] Fest took place in Chicago last weekend, in an attempt to celebrate the one year anniversary of the game's launch. However, Niantic's dream of hundreds of people together in one place battling Legendary Pokemon unfortunately never came true because of a wide array of technical difficulties in the app. In fact, the situation began to turn rather nasty, with understandably furious fans - many of whom had travelled from around the world to attend - booing John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, amidst numerous chants to 'fix the game' throughout the festival. Unlike the schadenfreude of the capitulation of events such as the calamitous Fyre Festival, it was legitimately quite upsetting to see the days of both the participants (some of whom are TouchArcade readers) and Niantic ruined. However, in an attempt to claw back some of the they had amassed good favour the developers have today announced that over the next three weeks, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres will be available to encounter in Raid Battles around the world - but good luck catching any of them...




Legendary Pokemon have been one of the most requested and eagerly anticipated additions to Pokemon GO [Free] since the game released just over a year ago. While Niantic have remained tight-lipped over when Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and co would make their debut in the ridiculously popular augmented reality release, signs that Legendaries would appear within the game have occurred over the past few months. Today, through an epic reveal trailer reminiscent of that Super Bowl commercial from January 2016, Niantic have announced that Legendary Pokemon will be available to battle in Raid Battles, and then to subsequently catch, in Pokemon GO later this month...

It may feel like a lifetime since literally everyone was roaming the streets catching virtual creatures, however today marks a year since Pokemon GO [Free] finally launched on the App Store, and subsequently revitalised Nintendo's RPG series in popular culture. Even with the frequent server issues and relative scarcity of content in the initial early stages, those July months last summer already hold a strange nostalgic charm to many, and it's been great to see how Niantic have made great strides over the past year to make Pokemon GO even closer to the idyllic augmented reality adventure that they originally envisioned to make. To celebrate its year anniversary, Pikachu donning Ash's famous hat can be located in the game from today until the 24th July, and a new Anniversary Box bundle is also available to obtain some sweet rare items including Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls and a Raid Pass at a celebratory discounted price...

Every time I feel like I may be losing interest in Pokemon GO [Free], Niantic announce a new event or additional features that suck me right back into 2016's augmented reality hit. While we reported that changes were afoot when the developers announced a temporary respite from the gyms last week, Niantic have today announced a comprehensive list of dramatic improvements to Pokemon GO that are arguably the most profound overhaul of the game's mechanics since it first launched last July. As detailed on the official website, Pokemon GO will soon be receiving reformed gyms that shake up the stagnant Dragonite-filled meta, Gym Badges to collect around the world, brand new Raid Battles for even more co-operative action, and a host of new items such as Technical Machines finally making their mobile Pokemon debut...

It feels like it was only yesterday that Pokemon GO [Free] took over both popular culture and TouchArcade, however somehow the first anniversary of Niantic's runaway augmented reality hit is rapidly approaching. The first few weeks of Pokemon GO fever may have been defined by the frequent server issues and in-game glitches, however an abundance of improvements, events and content updates since (including the addition of most of the Generation 2 creatures) has gone some way towards becoming the experience that many expected from that stunning reveal trailer from 2015. To celebrate such an occasion, Niantic are hosting numerous in-game and real life events that aim not only to help the most ardent of trainers finally catch 'em all, but also to bring Pokemon GO players together for some exciting birthday festivities around the world...

Despite the introduction of almost 100 new critters earlier this year, and even though I am unquestionably the most ardent fanboy of the series around, I'd be lying if I didn't say the initial buzz of Pokemon GO [Free] is beginning to fade somewhat. Thankfully, Niantic are aware that 'Catching 'Em All' is sadly a finite task, and their frequent themed events - such as the splashtacular Water Festival earlier in March - have been a good source of motivation for trainers across the globe to head back out into that long grass. Anyone wanting more promotions within the game will be glad to hear that Niantic are launching a brand new event today to coincide with the Easter weekend. Dubbed the 'Pokemon GO Eggstravaganza', Niantic are offering numerous egg related bonuses, double experience and more, from 1pm PDT today until the same time on April 20th...

Even in comparison to its momentous launch last year, the past few weeks have been extremely significant for Pokemon GO [Free]. Having seen the introduction of Johto Pokemon, many trainers have braved the turbulent February weather to capture a whole new cast of collectible creatures, and a number of minor UI improvements have gone a long way to making Pokemon GO the idyllic mobile game that many envisioned and desired back in 2016. However, Niantic aren't getting complacent off the back of their impressive start to 2017 - at this year's Game Developer's Conference, the Pokemon GO creators outlined future prospects and events for the augmented reality app, as well as gave the audience a glimpse of some early ideas that didn't make the final iteration...

The latest Pokemon GO [Free] update with a whole new cast of critters to collect launched last week, and it's been great to see so many people venture outside - in the bracing cold Winter weather, no less - to try and discover and catch fan favorites from Totodile to Tyranitar. However, if you planned to catch 'em all without having to venture further from your local neighbourhood, you may unfortunately be out of luck. Similarly to the initial 151 set of creatures, some of the Pokemon within the game are exclusive to select regions, and it appears that Ash's Bug/Fighting stalwart Heracross, as well as the strange coral-like creature Corsola are only obtainable in certain locations and regions around the world...

This Wednesday, Niantic finally announced that a whole new cast of Pokemon from the Johto region would be available to capture within Pokemon GO [Free], as well as an assortment of additional items, berries, and gameplay enhancements to make the augmented reality application even more immersive. While they touted a release date of 'later this week', it turns out we didn't have to wait long, as this landmark feature for Pokemon GO is now available straight within the game (a preparatory patch was released earlier today, and has to be downloaded before Gen 2 fun can begin). You now have no excuse to turn your cap backwards, grab your Poke Balls, and go out into the freezing Winter morning and capture some brand new Pokemon from the Gold, Silver and Crystal games!..

It feels like we have been waiting forever for some substantial features to be added to Pokemon GO [Free], and while events such as the ridiculously generous Valentine's Day promotion have been a lot of fun, catching the same cast of creatures from the original Red, Blue and Yellow games has started to become a little stale. Thankfully, Niantic have today announced that the long-awaited Generation 2 Pokemon (from the Gold, Silver and Crystal games on Game Boy Color and later remade on the Nintendo DS) are to be released into the wild later this week on Pokemon GO, as well as a whole host of additional new features that should entice any disillusioned fans back into the creature-catching fold...

Valentine's Day is almost upon us, and while some of the more cynical amongst us may claim it's really just a capitalist exploitation of a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed, it does give many couples around the world an excuse to demonstrate their love to the object of their affection. Of course, there is no better way to show such commitment as with a Pokemon GO [Free] Valentine's Day event! From 11am PST today, until the same time on February 15th, Niantic are celebrating Valentine's Day within Pokemon GO, through making pink-colored creatures more common, lure modules last for six hours, and by awarding double the candy for each Pokemon captured or buddy companion walked...

There have been overwhelming rumours for weeks that new creatures were to be added to Pokemon GO [Free], and it certainly made sense - many of the critters from the second generation of games, from Pichu to Ho-Oh and all the others in between, would be extremely familiar to a lot of the players who picked up the augmented reality game because of childhood nostalgia of playing the older Game Boy titles. Yesterday we also learnt that Niantic were preparing a major announcement for the game, and putting two and two together suggested that a release of the next generation of Pokemon within the game was imminent. Such theories have today been confirmed, as the official Pokemon Twitter account has announced that more creatures are coming to Pokemon GO, and more details will be announced on December 12th. In addition, the developers have also confirmed telecommunications giant Sprint as Pokemon GO's first official US partner, and over 10,500 Sprint locations will become Pokestops and Gyms in the very near future...

While rumours persist about some upcoming major changes to Pokemon GO [Free] - including the introduction of the 100 new second generation creatures and a massive promotion with coffee chain Starbucks - the most recent update to the game is, fitting with Pokemon as a whole, evolutionary rather than revolutionary. In the 1.19.1 patch that launched for both Android and iOS this morning, Niantic have focused on quality of life enhancements that should streamline some of the more tedious processes to the game, most notably being the ability to finally transfer more than one Pokemon at a time to Professor Willow. While such features have been a long time coming, it's great to finally see them implemented, and are one step closer to the perfect game that Niantic envisioned prior to Pokemon GO's relatively turbulent launch period...

Last night the Game Awards for 2016 took place in Los Angeles, and distributed a whole host of accolades across various platforms and mediums, even including fan created games and an eSports award. Despite a heavy emphasis on console gaming, there were a few mobile games nominated for numerous categories across the night, and against opposition from critically acclaimed releases such as Fire Emblem Fates, Ratchet and Clank, and even the stunning slashing iOS RPG Severed [$6.99], Pokemon GO [Free] managed to pick up the awards for 'Best Mobile/Handheld Game' and 'Best Family Game', the latter of which trumped a whole host of console releases to take the trophy. Similarly, Pokemon GO also triumphed in the same 'Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year' section of the Golden Joystick Awards, which is the UK equivalent to the Game Awards ceremony, as well as also winning the 'Innovation of the Year' accolade. Such universal recognition of Pokemon GO's impact on gaming is a fantastic thing for mobile gaming, and emphasises how the augmented reality craze managed to permeate the mainstream like nothing else over the summer months...

One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the whole Pokemon GO [Free] phenomenon has been the presence of Ditto within the game. Whether you know Ditto as the jolly, amorphous, transformative blob that is a favorite of many trainers, or if you prefer to use the Pokemon as an egg-creating machine, it has served as a frustrating obstacle for anyone looking to complete their Pokedex within the ultra-popular critter catching simulator. While we found reports that the elusive creature was appearing in the near future, all of a sudden players all around the globe are reporting catching relatively rudimentary Pokemon such as Rattatas and Pidgeys, just to see them transform into Ditto after catching. There's no explanation to why Ditto has suddenly appeared within Pokemon GO, but it sure is exciting news for anyone looking to get one step closer to completing their Pokedex, and an extra reason to catch some more common Pokemon that you would normally ignore...

2016 has been a massive year for Pokemon as a franchise. This week Pokemon Sun and Moon, the latest entries in the main series, have launched to critical and commercial acclaim (unless you're in Europe, in which case you'll still have an agonising two day wait to try them out), and the brand's general prevalence has skyrocketed as a result of the 20th anniversary promotional push that Nintendo have championed over the past year. However, it's Pokemon GO [Free] which will likely be seen as the high point of this major year for Nintendo, as the high point of 45 million players during the summer was phenomenal, and brought both hardcore fans, and people who may have never played a video game before, together in an unprecedented scale. To celebrate the incredible past few months for Pokemon GO, Niantic are holding a special celebration within the game, whereby for a week from November 23rd, all experience and stardust earned will be doubled...

While the last update for Pokemon GO [Free] added a whole variety of new features, such as buddy Pokemon and Pokemon GO Plus support, this still wasn't enough for many fans who were still praying for an imminent addition of online trading and battling. Such inclusions still seem to be on the horizon, however the newest 1.9.0 update appears to address some smaller issues with the augmented reality app that may not be as explicitly obvious to the majority of users. In the most recent update, which is in the process of rolling out to all Pokemon GO players, Niantic have added details on the specific location a Pokemon can be caught, which will be visible on the individual critter's stat page. Furthermore, Pokemon GO Plus support for Incense has been added, so any wild creatures encountered with the item will also be available for capture. And, as ever, minor bug fixes have been included to make Pokemon GO a slightly more stable experience...

Pokemon GO Plus, the wrist-worn device that connects to your mobile phone via Bluetooth and allows you to play Pokemon GO [Free], finally has a release date: Next Friday, September 16th. You may recall that the Plus was originally announced to launch before the end of July, but was delayed until sometime in September. Well, now we know when that sometime is! The device will set you back about $35 and will be compatible with iPhone 5 devices and above running at least iOS 8. It'll also be compatibile with Android devices equipped with 2GB of RAM and running Android version 4.4-6.0, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 which allows for low-power consumption. ..

Even though some may argue that its popularity is dwindling somewhat, Pokemon GO [Free] is still going strong, and there are numerous new features on the horizon that Niantic plan to add in the coming months. Some of them we know - the new tracking system, which has seemingly released exclusively in San Francisco at the moment, is set to be rolled out worldwide soon, and promises such as being able to trade and battle friends were outlined before the game was released. However, there are some other surprising additions that are allegedly set to launch in the next Pokemon GO update. Data miners on both Reddit and Github have delved into the game's code, and have revealed the potential presence of many of the aforementioned known features, but also brand new mechanics, such as a Pokemon 'buddy' system, and brand new incenses and items that could become available very soon...

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