Nintendo has confirmed that Pokémon Go will be released by late July. The announcement was made during day two of the company's E3 Treehouse livestream event.
When discussion turned to the Pokémon Go Plus wearable device, which connects to the game via bluetooth and allows play without having to have your phone out at all times, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto revealed the device would be released some time next month.
The game, coming to Android and iOS devices, is a location-based adventure game that tasks players with scouring real world locations to find Pokémon they can capture and battle. The first details about how it would work arrived in March, alongside the first look at the game in action.
The Pokémon Go Plus device will go on sale for $34.99. No other pricing was announced.
The game works by filling the real world with Pokémon and allowing players to find and capture them. The player's phone vibrates when one is nearby, and if they open the app that will open up a battle. Players capture the Pokémon by throwing Pokéballs, which they do with the touch screen - attempting to hit a target when a growing and shrinking circle inside that target is at its smallest.
PokéStops, which are located "at interesting places, such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments," according to the official site, are where players find additional Pokéballs and other items, such as potions. Presumably these will also be sold through microtransactions.
As players capture Pokémon their level will increase, allowing them to capture more powerful Pokémon and allow their existing ones to evolve. This is also down through battling, which occurs once the player is asked to join one of the game's three teams, who will fight for control of gyms - which also have real world locations.
"Battles are challenging and fun. Use your Pokémon's two attacks to battle the defending Pokémon [as in those defending the gym]. You can also dodge the defending Pokémon's attacks by swiping left and right."
Once a team has control of a gym, they can train in battles against the Pokémon there (it isn't clear if this can happen at any location after control of the gym has been one), to become stronger and attain higher levels.