It turns out that players who are eagerly awaiting the release date of “Pokemon GO” can still enjoy the game without necessarily purchasing “Pokemon GO Plus.”
This was basically the message of the game’s developers who recently called for a rare press conference in Tokyo to explain the concept, reported by The Verge .
“Pokemon GO,” which is being developed by former Google startup Niantic, lets players collect and battle “Pokemon” in the “real world.”
A “weird” aspect of “Pokemon GO,” however, is having it paired with “Pokemon GO Plus,” a Nintendo-built Bluetooth smartwatch-like device that gives players a presence in the Pokémon Go world without having to actively using their phone.
The watch works by buzzing and flashing in order to notify you that there’s a Pokémon waiting to be captured while you’re, let’s say, on your daily train commute or strolling along the park.
However, developers explained during the press conference that “Pokemon GO Plus” is actually not essential to playing “Pokemon GO” but is only meant to enhance a player’s gaming experience.
This is a major caveat for those who thought that “Pokemon GO” had to go hand in hand with “Pokemon GO Plus,” which is similar to the GPS-powered AR game “Ingress.”
In the meantime, there is still no exact release date for “Pokémon GO” and “Pokemon GO Plus,” although its roll-out is expected to be sometime in 2016, according to PC Advisor .
There have been rumors that “Pokémon GO” will hit the US on Nov. 20 but this turns out to be untrue.
However, it has been confirmed that “Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon” for Nintendo 3DS will be released in the US on Nov. 20, and Europe in early 2016.
The game, which was released in Japan last Sept. 17, may have led to the confusion on the actual release date of “Pokemon GO” and “Pokemon GO Plus.”