Beyond the Pokemon Go Creator Returns to Real World for New Challenges

Seven years after the worldwide success of the mobile game Pokemon Go, its developers are hoping to replicate that success with their new basketball game by giving it a real-world feel.

NBA All-World enables users to challenge each other to games in the street, while Pokemon Go guides players to real-world sites to capture magical animals.

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Pokemon Go Creator Returns to Real World

The head of Niantic, the company that makes both games, John Hanke, emphasizes that players of the NBA game will need only a mobile phone, and no costly VR equipment or goggles, just as Pokemon Go players do.

He’s marketing this cross-genre game as a real-world metaverse, to set it apart from Microsoft’s and others’ simulated environments, in which players play while wearing face masks at home.

“I think it’s important to support what we do in the real world as human beings, like going out to the restaurant, meeting our friends, and not staying at home,” he told AFP in an interview.

“Putting on a VR headset by yourself, to me, it’s a very lonely and scary future. I hope that humanity doesn’t go in that direction.”

Players in NBA All-World, out this week in France and tomorrow everywhere else, can take the form of their favorite NBA great and engage in street basketball with strangers.

Pokemon Go Creator Returns to Real World
Pokemon Go Creator Returns to Real World

According to Hanke, mobile phones are ideal for playing games due to their social nature.

“It is mobile, low cost, and almost everybody has one,” he said.

Niantic is banking on microtransactions, in which players pay a tiny amount for in-game advantages like increased movement speed or the ability to outfit their in-game personas with recognizable sneakers from companies like Adidas and Puma.

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Hanke acknowledges that Niantic’s ability to attract top-tier business partners is in large part due to the success of Pokemon Go.

“The success of ‘Pokemon Go’ certainly helps us,” he said.

Since its release in July 2016, Pokemon Go has become a cultural phenomenon with over a billion downloads and is estimated to have produced about one billion dollars annually.

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Frequently asked questions

How do you turn off virtual reality in Pokemon go?

Use the Pokeball icon located at the bottom of the screen. In the upper right corner of the screen, click on Settings. Locate Niantic AR (AR+) in the options menu. Leave the box unchecked.

Can we play Pokemon Go without walking?

Absolute yes! Playing Pokemon Go does not require physical movement. You will need a trustworthy and efficient location spoofing tool in order to play this game. You can choose from a variety of walking routes in any part of the world.