Pokemon GO Closed Beta Happening Winter 2015; Nintendo's FREE App Hits iOS, Android in Conjunction with GPS, Pokemon Go Plus

By Staff Reporter

Sep 23, 2015 10:59 AM EDT

Nintendo's first announced free mobile game app, Pokemon Go, is set to hit android and iOS devices sometime in 2016 but fans can get to experience the game earlier on its closed beta test this coming winter. Also, the new virtual reality title will be released in conjuction with a GPS and a wearable device, the Pokemon Go Plus.   

Based on the recent Ingress Report as noted by Attack of the Fanboy, Pokemon Go closed beta is planned come winter 2015 prior to its official release as a free app for both Android and iOS next year. It is also noted to work in conjunction with GPS and a new wearable device, the Pokémon Go Plus. 

The GPS for Pokemon Go will enable gamers to track down Pokémon in real world, trade and battle with other players nearby as well as participate in group boss battles against characters like Mewtwo as revealed in the trailer. [Watch it here]

For hardcore gamers who want to be on top of the game will be able to purchase a wearable device called Pokémon GO Plus created by Nintendo Co. Ltd. that will send notification of in-game events through an LED and vibration.

The description of new mobile game on its official website reads, "Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices. With Pokemon Go, you'll discover Pokémon in a whole new world-your own! Pokemon Go will use real location information to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon.

The Pokémon video game series has used real-world locations such as the Hokkaido and Kanto regions of Japan, New York, and Paris as inspiration for the fantasy settings in which its games take place. Now the real world will be the setting!"

Pokemon Go is a going to be free to download app and will be supported by in-app purchases. No further details have been announced as of yet as to what these purchases will cover, however. Silicon Angle believes, though, that the closest guess would be the pokéballs which are used to capture wild Pokémon in the game and the trailer indicates that gamers will have a limited supply of this item.

Pokemon Go is the first Pokemon title to be launched outside of Nintendo consoles and is set to hit Android and iOS devices in early 2016. Fans can watch out for the game's closed beta happening before end of 2015. Get hyped. 

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