Niantic to Showcase Pokémon GO at GDC Next Month

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Take a deeper look at catching ’em all in the real world.

Ever since the augmented-reality mobile title Pokémon GO was revealed last year, fans have been looking forward to learning more about the game and when they’d be able to play it. While there’s still no concrete release date outside of “TBA 2016” it seems we’ll be getting a more in-depth look at it next month at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

According to GDC’s website one of the sessions at the conference is called Catch ‘Em All: Pokemon GO and Real World Gaming, and will be hosted by Niantic’s founder and CEO, John Hanke. Here’s the official description for the event.

Over the last three years, Niantic, Inc. has been defining the genre of Real World gaming, using smartphones and tablets to connect the digital world to the physical world. Niantic’s newest game, Pokemon GO, ups the challenge of real world gaming design, taking a beloved franchise and setting its hundreds of brightly-colored monsters loose across the globe, adding a new Bluetooth wearable device created by Nintendo to the mix. Join Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke as he discusses how the company has developed a unique vision for delivering a mobile Pokemon experience that gets would-be trainers into the outdoors.

Attendees will get a first-hand, in-depth look at how players are interacting and exploring the world with one another through Pokemon GO, the collaborative approach to design and development for the game and the next evolution of augmented reality and real-world mobile gameplay experiences.

The 2016 Game Developers Conference is taking place from March 14 to March 18, but the date and time for this session are still to be determined.

Pokémon is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and the franchise will be seeing many releases in addition to Pokémon GO throughout 2016 including Detective Pikachu, Pokkén Tournament, and eShop re-releases of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow. The Pokémon Company even nabbed some Super Bowl ad space to celebrate the anniversary.

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