Pokemon Go will be coming to the Apple Watch by the end of the year
It will allow players to explore without being stuck to their screens
It utilises voice and vibration to keep players informed
If Mario coming to iOS devices as Super Mario Run wasn’t enough, Niantic took to the stage to announce Pokemon Go for the Apple Watch.
Since Pokemon Go’s release, it has clocked in 500 million downloads and trainers have collectively walked 4.6 billion kilometres while playing the game. However it isn’t just due to the game’s sheer popularity that it’s seeing a release on Apple Watch.
The idea, according to Niantic is to allow exploration and having fun outside with family and friends without being stuck to your phone.
It seamlessly integrates gameplay while you walk or run which is recorded as a workout. The distance needed to walk before an egg hatches is shown on the homescreen and a voice prompt tells you when a Pokemon is near while a vibration tells you when you’re approaching a PokeStop, ensuring you never miss one. Swiping lets you collect a Pokemon. Pokemon Go for the Apple Watch will ship before the year is up.
It will be interesting to see if Pokemon Go for the Apple Watch does enough to buoy a game that has lost a ton of users in the past few weeks. In our review we found Pokemon Go to be a well-designed app as far as interface is concerned, albeit one that crashed often. Throw in the fact that it hasn’t been made available officially in India yet makes us think that the Apple Watch variant may not make it either.