Niantic’s Pokémon Go Will Feature Pokemon Gyms


Pokémon GO, a mobile title created in conjunction with the Pokémon Company and Niantic, is shaping up to become the next mobile storm for 2016. The mobile title will simulate the video gaming experience, which allows players to travel throughout the world and capture Pokémon in augmented reality, similar to how Niantic’s Ingress allows players to capture way points that earn scores for a team. Pokémon GO, however, takes this up a notch with the inclusion of Pokemon gyms.

Chief Executive Officer John Hanke spoke to Venture Beat in an interview regarding the title; Hanke confirmed that gyms would indeed be present, albeit a bit rarer. The key feat that Hanke wanted to get people attached to was the accessibility of Pokémon GO, stating that it needed to be fun for everyone and not just those who live in the big city.

“Our goal is to make it so you can walk out of the house and within five minutes, you can find Pokémon. It may not be the most rare Pokémon in the world, but there’ll be a population of Pokémon living near all our players. Gyms will be a bit more rare. You want to find gyms so you can level up your Pokémon and battle there, so it will take a little more effort to get there.

Pokémon will live in different parts of the world depending on what type of Pokémon they are. Water Pokémon will live near the water. It may be that certain Pokémon will only exist in certain parts of the world. Very rare Pokémon may exist in very few places. But you can trade. If you live in a place with lots of water Pokémon and you come to an event — we have these Ingress events that are getting bigger and bigger. We’ll have our biggest weekend ever on Saturday.

We’ll have events for Pokémon as well. Those are competitive, but they can also be places to trade stuff with other players. Pokémon trading is going to be huge. You can’t get all of them by yourself. If you want all of them you’ll have to trade with other players. Or you have to be someone who takes time off work and travels the world for a year. There may be people who do that.”

The Pokémon Company was also responsible for spearheading this game’s creation, mainly focusing around the idea of partnerships and how the trading card game was distributed through trading card store Wizards of the Coast (I used to love that place as a kid!), or how each department in the Pokémon Company had its own partnerships. Hanke stated that the founding principle of the Pokémon Company was about sharing and partnerships, which makes a mobile title such as Pokémon GO a no brainer. We’re eager to see this game develop, and more news will be posted as it comes out.