The Pokémon GO development team over at Niantic Labs have released a series of screenshots of the very much awaited game, along with some information concerning game mechanics. According to them, the location of Pokémon species will be dependent on their natural habitat (Time to get those hiking boots on. Or maybe diving gear?), and the familiar mechanism of hatching eggs by walking a certain number of paces while they’re in your inventory will also make an appearance.
The whole concept of augmented reality naturally already implies that a foray into different areas in real life is indispensable to playing the game, but this line caught my eye in particular: “Eggs and other special items such as Poké Balls can be acquired at PokéStops – located at interesting places such as public art installations, historical markers, museums and monuments.”
Yikes! While certainly exciting and a good way to get people to visit unusual places, I can imagine that being slightly inconvenient for certain players depending on individual circumstances. Hopefully, as the game development continues to progress, something as universal as Poké Balls will be available without having to plan an entire road trip! I’m sure they’ll fine tune the experience and can’t wait to see how it goes.