Niantic Labs announced that Pokemon GO field test has started in the U.S. on May 25. Those people who have signed up to become field testers should have received by now their invites to play the beta of The Pokemon Company’s augmented-reality game.
The U.S. expansion follows the on-going field tests in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. According to Niantic, they have added lots of new features to “expand gameplay” after hearing the feedback from their testers.
Pokemon trainers can now assist the evolution of their Pokemon and discover and collect Pokemon Eggs. However, trainers will have to walk a preset distance to hatch the Egg and learn what Pokemon will come out.
Trainers will also come across Pokemon Gyms in real-world locations wherein they can test their Pokemon in battles “to win control of the Gym for one of three Pokemon Trainer teams.” Niantic revealed that the Venusaur has not been seen yet, and challenged all field testers to be the first to catch and evolve their Bulbasaurs or Ivysaurs into Venusaur.
TechCrunch wrote that more than 100 Pokemon can be captured in the wild according to The Pokemon Company, and players will be notified when a Pokemon is near through push notifications sent to their phones.
Screenshots of avatar customization, map view, battles and evolution in Pokemon GO can be viewed here.
Pokemon GO will launch on Android and iOS devices this year. Reports said that the U.S. field test will be the last before the release of the final version of the game.
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